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Published by Orion, 20 June 2013. ISBN:
When disgraced former
policeman turned private investigator Tom Lomax gets an unexpected and
mysterious commission from a wealthy stranger, he is grateful for the chance to
escape his dreary life in England
for a Caribbean trip to meet his new client.
hours of his arrival, he finds himself helping the young and attractive Sara
Eaton evade a serious kidnapping attempt that leaves several people dead. They
escape to Belgium
to seek refuge with her mother, only to learn that her funeral took place the
week before – a fact that Sara refuses to accept. Their independent
investigation into what happened leaves more bodies in their wake as they evade
the Belgian police and make their way to the UK where Tom insists his childhood
friend – now a low level mobster – will help them.
can he really depend on the man who was responsible for ending his police
career? Tom’s father, also a former policeman, doesn’t think so and sets out to
get to the bottom of the mystery, convinced there is a link to an old child
abduction case that has never been solved.
novel is a pacy, action-packed thriller with just the right level of
descriptive detail to make the reader feel part of every adrenaline-fuelled
moment. Sara, Tom and his father John are such likeable, well-rounded
characters that this reader was won over to their cause, despite their flaws,
and couldn’t help but will them to succeed.
in places, the protagonists are aided in their quest by some fortuitously
unlikely skills (would a twenty-year-old heiress really be a talented marksman
and qualified pilot?), a brief suspension of disbelief launches you right back
into the moment, where the author must be credited for creating such an able
heroine; refreshingly, Sara is far more capable than Tom.
ending, while not unexpected, is nonetheless beautifully written, incredibly
moving and optimistic while deftly avoiding schmaltz.
reader will certainly be looking out for more John Connors in future – and is
already planning to work through his back catalogue.
Reviewer: Joanna Leigh
John Connor left
his job as a barrister to write full time. During the fifteen years of his
legal career he prosecuted numerous homicide cases in West Yorkshire and London. He advised the
police in numerous proactive drugs and organised crime operations, many
involving covert activity. He lives in Brussels with his wife and two young
children. His other novels include Unsafe,
Falling, The Playroom, Phoenix
and A Child’s Game.
Joanna Leigh studied French and German at university. She works in
the aerospace industry and is a chartered marketer in the UK. She describes herself as a
voracious reader, enjoying genres as varied as crime thrillers, historical
fiction and autobiographies. Joanna lives in London. She is the daughter of crime thriller
writer Leigh Russell.