by Stef Harris
The front cover demands “Move over Jack Reacher” and never having delved into those tales, I can make no comparison. However, I can say that no comparison is necessary as this book stands tall on its own merit.
I quickly found the style to be extremely cinematic which was refreshing and made sense when I finished the final chapter and digested the author’s bio. This style enables the story to unfold scene by scene, build by build and create an engaging read. The ebb and flow of tension is nicely balanced using this technique and just as I began to relax into some short chapters of domesticity, the tension was again rapidly reset and the chase was back on.
Great characters, including Frank’s canine companion Dolly, are drawn convincingly and each one being an integral player in the overall story means that the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, twists and turns are believable.
Retired lawman, seeking revenge for wrongdoing perpetrated on a loved one by a vicious gangster is a familiar premise that some might say has been overplayed. Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson and Ken Stott to name but a few, have portrayed some examples but somehow this novel brings a more deeply drawn and believable character into that scenario.
I will resist any comment on the detail of the plot, since the back cover gives just enough and any more would be too much.
My suggestion – read and enjoy.
Author: Stef Harris
Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing