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Down the Lane Paperback – July 15, 2019
Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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"Paul Lafferty has done an extraordinary job with his first novel. As he guides the reader through the world of how organized crime actually works in Southern Ontario, he paints a vivid, shocking and always painstakingly accurate picture. His voice is steady and solid, his characters diverse and complex, and the story is full of surprises. Down the Lane is a must-read for crime-fiction fans."
--Jerry Langton, author of true-crime bestsellers Fallen Angel, Showdown and Cold War
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0993995098
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993995095
- Product Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.59 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : Meager Press (July 15, 2019)
- Language: : English
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Top reviews from the United States
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Lafferty is a natural story-teller and he thrusts the reader into this world in a very unforgiving way. The main character, Ian, who also has a myriad of nicknames, works for a strip club basically running the business. Through every fault of his own, Ian finds himself thrust into the middle of a turf war between rival biker gangs.
As I was reading, I thought of the movie Pretty Woman (I was stunned last week when I read that movie is thirty years old). The movie sort of glamorized prostitution (don’t get me started on the damsel in distress part of that movie) but it made me realize this book is the antithesis of that movie. It’s the real view of what’s behind the velvet curtain. This point is demonstrated perfectly early on by the main character Ian. “You must have heard the stereo type about the girl dancing because she’s working her way through college. I haven’t met one yet -”
There is a whole cast of characters that Ian seems unable or unwilling to stay away from. This is a flawed character who drinks and does drugs while sleeping around. The writer brilliantly shows the vulnerable side of Ian when he stops to make breakfast for the young child of one of the strippers, or when he stops to go visit with his father at a local pub. You want to dislike this character, for all his choices are both unhealthy and unethical, but somehow you find yourself rooting for him. You actually find yourself hopeful that Ian can get out of this merry-go-round of craziness, that’s just brilliant writing.
My favorite character in the book was Viking. He was charismatic and exactly the friend we all wish we could call upon when needed. This genius line from a short scene sums up Viking. “This aint sports” he always told me “hit them first, hit them hard, and a good kick to the face on the way down always helps.”
Overall, the story was gripping, with plenty of twists and turns. You were breathless trying to keep up with all the ridiculously poor decisions Ian makes (most of which occur during an inebriated state). This was one hell of a wild ride and I hope these characters are not done telling their story to Lafferty.
However, there's a side of Niagara that the tourists don't expect.
Join Doc, as his life of partying and being a DJ at a local Gentlemen's club gets him into much more trouble than he is expecting. He wants out of the game and make much more of himself but a new gang in town is making sure that getting out isn't easy.
As a reader I felt I had traveled back into the late 90's early 2000's, and I was transported to a place I had never been before. I was intrigued with the mystery that turns the party into a nightmare.
I would recommend this story to those that want to know a more dangerous side of the city that is Niagara, those who love a good murder mystery, and to those that want to see their protagonist mature.
I loved the ride, and it was an incredible story. To simply put it, I enjoyed my trip that was Down the Lane.
colorful characters? This book contains everything a reader could hope for. Great storytelling paired
with some unbelievably likable characters. Combine those two qualities with an eye into a lifestyle that
not many know about or get to see in a locale that would otherwise be seen as a tourist attraction city.
If you're looking for something that's different then your average run of the mill novel then I say you won't be
disappointed with this book. Enjoy the adventure of Doc along with some other badasses and take a
walk Down the Lane.
Top reviews from other countries
Paul writes in such a way that the characters, and their lives seem to jump right off the page, and being the seedy underworld to life.
The characters in the book are well written, and love them or hate them, a real connection is made. The story itself is exiting, and I could barely put the book down until I had seen the story through to its end!
Cannot recommend this enough, a real hidden gem. I look forward to what Paul Lafferty does in the future!
Bring on book #2! Maybe a movie?