From a Dead Sleep
John A. Daly
Few residents in the small, secluded mountain town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about Sean Coleman. He’s a bully, a drunk, and a crime-show–addicted, armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger. With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean’s account. Tormented over the doubts and mockery of the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man’s identity and personal vindication. At the end, he hopes to find redemption and the truth—but sometimes the truth is better left unknown. There are times when the truth invites evil. There are times when the truth can get you killed.
A thriller that packs a punch!
This was a very exciting debut novel from John A Daly. This novel packs a lot of jaw dropping action into its well structured narrative – a narrative that gives life to the myriad of characters that inhabit its pages and provides plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages.
I like that the protagonist, Sean Coleman, is flawed and is not the handsome mesmerising playboy or the angst filled detective you find in so many works of crime fiction. Coleman’s life attitude is shaped by many depressing and sad experiences; his father deserted the family when he was a child, he has few if any friends, he is an outcast, the adult Coleman leads a hand to mouth existence, he is ridiculed and excluded from the social networks of the small community he lives in. Coleman is his own worst enemy- he drinks too much, he takes poor care of his health and life, he lacks confidence and has lots of regrets. However during the course of the narrative Coleman’s strong points are slowly revealed; his acute powers of observation, his diligence and strong sense of justice that drive him forward on this case. As Coleman grows in confidence we get a sense of a shift in attitude that empowers and has the ability to change Sean Coleman’s life for the better. Let’s hope so.
I did enjoy this read, it had plenty of excitement, car chases, gun battles, murders and mysteries a plenty. I like the character development – I feel I could recognise the characters in this novel if they were to step out from the page. This a great work of crime fiction from a debut author. Please check out the book trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dx-BcoJjlA and check out John’s website:
http://johndalybooks.com/ to learn more about this author.