Post Script: The Defence – Steve Cavanagh

Cover The Defence Steve Cavanagh

The Defence

Steve Cavanagh

Hachette Australia

Orion Books

ISBN: 9781409152309

 

Description:

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn’t matter in a trial.

The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove.

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different.

It’s been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie’s back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter Amy.

Eddie only has 48 hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial – and win – if wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his ‘client’ and ensure Amy’s safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

Lose this case and he loses everything.

 

My View:

Hang up your disbelief on the rack by the door, show me your membership to the thriller enthusiasts club and then take a few calming deep breaths; commence reading. But before you start I have a duty of care to warn you, take heed of my advice, it is not given lightly; this book will thrill, captivate and enthral you. Clear your diary because once you start reading this you will not be able to put this down until the last page is turned and whilst you have your diary out please make an urgent booking for the physio or chiropractor or naturopath of your choice because after you have finished reading this your neck muscles will be so tense you will need a therapeutic massage to ease the pain! Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Post Script: World Gone By – Denis Lehane

World Gone By

World Gone By

Dennis Lehane

Little, Brown Book Group UK

Little, Brown

Hachette

 

Description:

Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America’s most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want; money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.

 

But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance and greed, success can’t protect Joe from the dark truth of his past — and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full . . .

 

Chilling, heart-breaking and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day.

 

 

 

My View:

When I selected this book to read I knew nothing about the book or the author aside from the authors incredible reputation as a prolific and fantastic writer of crime fiction. I knew I had to check this author out. And I was not disappointed in this read at all.

 

This book was everything that the book bloggers grapevine purported it to be – well paced, exciting and it had an interesting well executed plot and characters that were fully drawn – and should I use the expression it also had a touch of the romantic? Not in the plunging necklines and bare chested stereotypical book cover romance story line but romance as in the reader is drawn to the character of Joe Coughlin, gangster, murderer and villain and yet we end up with a rose coloured glasses notion of this criminal; as the good guy who is a bad guy. We are empathetic to his cause (but maybe not his method of dealing with his problems). We admire his warm and loving relationship with his son and his best friend (and mafia boss) and despite the fact that Joe is a criminal through and through and would terminate in the most deadly manner anyone he perceives as trouble we like him. Is it how he dresses, his manners that he can display in elite company he chooses to sometime keep or that he can mediate and calm down the most difficult situation? Yet despite his positive qualities, Joe Coughlin is still a gangster and it is a brutal world he lives in, and yet we still think of him fondly. I think it is admirable that Dennis Lehane is able to sway our opinion with a few strokes of a key board 🙂

 

This is the 3rd book in the Joe Coughlin series yet not reading the earlier book did not detract from my enjoyment of this book.

Post Script: Codes of Betrayal – Dorothy Uhnak

Masterfully written – I expect no less from Ms Uhnak.

Codes of Betrayal

A Novel

Dorothy Uhnak

Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 9781480460980

 

Description:

To avenge his child, a New York cop vows to tear his own family apart.

On the twentieth floor of a half-finished skyscraper, two brothers-in-law stare each other down. One is Vincent Ventura, a made man who fancies himself a real estate mogul. The other is Danny O’Hara, an honest foreman who’s just seen Ventura’s thugs throw one of his employees to his death. O’Hara doesn’t think Ventura will harm his own kin. He’s wrong. Ventura barely hesitates before pushing his brother-in-law over the edge.

Thirty years later, Nick O’Hara—Danny’s son—is a cop, and Ventura is king of the New York mob. Though he avoids his uncle’s business, Nick makes the mistake of allowing his twelve-year-old son to pay his respects at the old man’s birthday party. A gun battle erupts in Little Italy, and young Peter is caught in the crossfire. As his life collapses around him, Nick risks everything for vengeance—taking on the Italian mob in the name of his son, and the father whom he never knew.

My View:

This is a narrative of complex plotting, of secrets, lies and crime. This is a spotlight on The Mob; the narrative begins in 1960’s in the USA and relates to repercussions of a violent incident that spreads its dirty, grubby fingers into relationships thirty years on .This is ultimately a novel about power, influence, corruption, relationships and honour that asks the question, “no matter whose shoes you wear how do you lead an honourable life?”

As I read this book I kept having flash backs to the Johnny Depp film, Donnie Brasco (a film I loved), both the characters Brasco and Nick O’Hara going undercover and being put in very difficult positions where  other peoples life and deaths are in their hands. This was a very well written, well plotted, well executed novel that had elements of the classic police procedural, had an authentic voice and was ultimately a very sad story. I really enjoyed this glimpse of the underworld.

 

Post Script: From A Dead Sleep – John A Daly

From a Dead Sleep

John A. Daly

BQB Publishing

BQB Publishing

ISBN: 9781937084547

 

Description:

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.

My View:

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.