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The Butcher's Son Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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Praise for the novels of Grant McKenzie:
"A terrific little-guy-in-big-trouble thriller moving at warp speed - with the emphasis on warp."
Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
"Grant McKenzie really knows how to make a story move."
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"Think Harlan Coben on speed with a heart breaking compassion that will literally have you biting your nails."
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'Switch crackles with suspense and is as tense as a switchblade opening in a dark alley.'
Rick Mofina, international bestselling author of Six Seconds
"Switch is not merely good, it's damned good."
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"Grant McKenzie is a terrific novelist." Tess Gerritsen
K.A.R.M.A. is one fine piece of work”
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"I was gripped from page one." Stephen Leather
"A completely riveting, compulsive page-turner of a read from cover to cover, The Butcher's Son reveals author Grant McKenzie's truly remarkable storytelling skills."
--Midwest Book Review
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What I will say about this book, for A HUGE CHANGE...the main character had believe flaws, is not some pathetic character you wonder why anyone would bother with. HE IS REAL...as is his pain. The plot twists and turns really had me going and I totally could not put this down.
FINALLY an author that can really write. I just found this author and am now reading everything I can get my hands on. HE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.
It has been a long time since I found a true page-turner, suspenseful book. HE WRITES THEM. I waited to write reviewed until I read more than 1 to make sure they were all good not just a fluke...ALL 4 HAVE BEEN AMAZING.
If you like a book that keeps you guessing...he is your author.
if you are looking for a book that is both filled with suspense and hard to put down...he is your author.
When I first started this 1, the first of his I bought, I thought the plot was too much like Swartwoods, man of wax series, but it was so much better AND IT HAD A TRUE ENDING.
The plot was woven in such a way you just keep guessing and turning pages. AND not what my mind kept telling me.
I will not give anything away because I hate when I read reviews and the person puts too much in there and ruins the suspense. WHY read a suspense book if you read a review and the suspense is now gone.
give this a try...you will NOT be disappointed.
I read this sitting in line waiting for the ATM and between bingo games...they were all that good so far.
Ian Quinn is a licensed Child Protection Officer who runs a private agency in Portland, Oregon, which assists family courts in divorce and abuse cases involving minor children. He does not come to this vocation by accident, given that his older sister went missing when they were both still young. His father left him and his mother a short time afterward, and both absences have left a permanent mark on him. Even worse, his only daughter was killed, which ended his marriage. As THE BUTCHER’S SON opens, Ian is coming off of a particularly tough case when he receives an unexpected call from an attorney. It develops that Ian’s father, who has been missing for decades, has recently died, leaving Ian as his sole beneficiary. The estate is an enigma, to say the least, consisting of a key, a short two-sentence letter from his father, and the deed to the long-abandoned butcher shop that Ian’s taciturn grandfather owned and ran.
Ian does a bit of investigative work and finds out that his father was brutally murdered in Boston by an unknown assailant for reasons yet to be determined. The shop, where Ian spent a good deal of his boyhood, is in an area that gentrification has bypassed, to say the least, and is only a shadow of what it used to be when he was a child. As he explores the rooms of the shop, memories come back to him, and those few people still left in the neighborhood from his childhood fill in some blanks that he didn’t know existed. It’s when Ian begins to thoroughly explore the shop, however, that he slowly discovers his grandfather’s secrets and gains new insights into his family.
At the same time, Ian finds himself in terrible danger posed by an elderly but still threatening crime figure who issues him an enigmatic command, which he has almost no hope of fulfilling, to his peril. He discovers in time that the answer lies not only in the shop, but also within the neighborhood. Both give up their secrets slowly, even as he learns that his grandfather was a man whose complexity was hidden behind the stern countenance that he presented to Ian and most of the world. Even bigger surprises await Ian, including one that will change his life permanently, if he can live long enough to fully experience it.
THE BUTCHER’S SON is violent at times, closer to some of the darker edges of British crime fiction than we normally get from North American authors. While those with easily offended sensibilities regarding such matters might be better off looking elsewhere, the mystery at the heart of the book is an intriguing one, full of many twists and turns that keep readers not so much guessing as reacting. McKenzie introduces a number of interesting characters in addition to Ian here, and it would be a shame to have them consigned to a stand-alone work when they all seem to have more stories, and problems, to explore. Hopefully we’ll see more of them and, most of all, more of McKenzie.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
So he's shocked beyond words when he's contacted by an attorney with a box from his father - his father who left years ago and Ian had presumed was dead.
Well, he's dead now and drops the mother of all secrets into Ian's lap, first of all leaving him the building his grandfather's butcher shop used to be in.
I loved this book. I loved the characters, especially Ian.
Gangsters and thugs. People who mistreat children. All kinds of scumbags circle around Ian as he tries to solve the mysteries his family has been hiding for years.
I especially liked one twist right at the end of the book. Didn't see it coming at all. I definitely recommend this to anyone that likes thrillers, mysteries, or even detective stories - it had that kind of vibe to it.
I received this book from Polis Books through Edelweiss in exchange for my unbiased review.