When former cop Paul Storey takes a job with ex-boxer Bran Doyle, it’s obvious nothing is going to be straightforward. But as Storey begins to dissect the politics and relationships within his new employer’s household, he also learns that Doyle is of interest to the police. Working out what’s really happening, and why, means keeping his eyes open and considering his options. When a dead body turns up, Storey wonders if he’s made a bad decision…
Continuing the adventures of his newest hero, indie author Keith Dixon is adept at keeping the reader in suspense. While on the surface nothing much seems to happen, the clues to something bigger pile up, leaving a sense of unease about what Storey has got himself into this time. As always, the characters are clearly defined, but with just enough information to keep us guessing about who’ll be on the right side when the crap hits the fan.
The first book in this series (Storey), had me gripped from the start and this one is no different. Though Dixon’s writing appears deceptively simple, he has a knack of building tension so slowly we are barely aware of it. The language is clever and witty, with an originality that’s a sheer delight. As with the first book, plot-wise it’s another slow-burner, but it’s also very difficult to put down.
A cracking good read from a highly talented writer.