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Crime fictionPosted by John Barlow Wed, November 07, 2012 22:56:23
On balance it's probably a good thing for writers not to get too involved with reviews and reviewers. However, on this occasion I can't resist. A full eleven months after my crime thriller HOPE ROAD came out, I saw this marvellous review on 2readornot2read. I'm going to quote it in full. Why not!

Goodreads Summary:

John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio 'Tony' Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father's criminal world. But what does that world want with him?

My thoughts:

John Ray, the youngest son of Crime Boss Antonio Ray, is the "straight one" of the family. He has taken over the family business, Tony Ray's Motors, a car showroom on the back streets of Leeds.

Life seems good for John Ray. He has won the "Auto Trader Used Car Dealership of the Year" Yorkshire Region award. He has a beautiful girlfriend, Denise Danson, who is a Detective Constable at West Yorkshire Police, CID Division.

When a body of a young woman is found in the trunk of a Ford Mondeo belonging to John, with $40,000 in counterfeit monies and his business card, suspicion falls on John Ray until DC Danson becomes his alibi.

Owen Metcalfe (everyone calls him Freddy) is arrested on suspicion of murder after a video surfaces showing him to be the last to see the dead woman. John knows Freddy is not a killer; he's not the type. Now he has to prove it to the police and find the killer before time runs out.

This book was fantastic!! John Barlow has captured the dark side of the world of crime. The characters are three dimensional. Plenty of fast paced, edge of your seat action, and a plot twist or two when you least expect it. I didn't want to put the book down, but when I had to my thoughts drifted back to Hope Road. A wonderful who-done-it!!

This book could be made into a movie that I would go see. Well done John Barlow!! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Here's the link.

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Posted by JB Wed, November 14, 2012 09:50:14

Thanks Saul. When I was writing HOPE ROAD I realised just how few books are set in Leeds. It's a relatively large and diverse city, and it surprised me. The next John Ray book is also set there, so who knows, perhaps I can start doing for Leeds what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh! best, JohnB

Posted by Saul Petrov Fri, November 09, 2012 06:54:34

Hi John. I also just read Hope Road, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Never been to Leeds (only been to the UK once, and that was only a stopover!) but you made the place sound so real. Can't wait fornext one is the series. Saul