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John Ray #2

Crime fictionPosted by John Barlow Fri, June 14, 2013 12:36:34

The second crime thriller in the John Ray / LS9 series is now out. I very much like the cover, although in my defence I might say that I didn’t intend for my name to be QUITE so prominent.

Nevertheless, the design really captures the mood of the book, and the moors depicted on the cover in fact feature towards the end of the book. [For anyone interested, the image is of the Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor.]

Something that a number of readers noted in HOPE ROAD, the first book in the series, was that the character of John Ray took an unsuspected turn in the resolution of the novel, and that this was not altogether welcome. FATHER AND SON goes some way towards addressing the question of John’s character in this respect. I think this is one of the most satisfying aspects of writing a series, in that issues can take longer than a single book to resolve.

For foodies, sorry to say there’s no jamón ibérico this time, just a dish of gumbo (which remains uneaten).

Meanwhile, the playlist is: Mahler, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Gypsy Kings and Bananarama. A mixed bag, then...

Oh, and there’s some death, too.

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Posted by Martha Penn Sun, June 16, 2013 20:08:21

John, it appeared on the 'people who bought this also bought...' for an ian rankin title, so ovbs. i wasn't the first person to buy it! Martha

Posted by John Barlow Fri, June 14, 2013 22:05:33

Hi Martha.

You got it quick! It was uploaded on the 9th, but that was just to check everything was OK. Did you just happen to see it, or did amazon send you a mail?

I haven't even started the next one yet. I'm hoping to do some background research over the next month or two and get down to writing in September. So, ETA this time next year? Perhaps...

Best wishes, JB

Posted by Martha Penn Fri, June 14, 2013 17:13:23

Got it Wednes., finished it today in my lunchbreak!

Love what you did with the whole Den/John thing. like you said, somethings take more than one book to resolve...

when's the next one out?