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- Print Length: 313 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Storm Books (January 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LWJ75K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can't wait for the next book. HopeRoad is a fast-paced,exciting novel.
A gripping read... A fascinating study in dark and evil... The stuff ofGreat British grit and dark,dark humour... Beautifully cinematic... far more cinematic than aMcDermid or a Rankin.
Barlowthrows in plenty of twists...he spins the yarn in fast-paced,very readable prose. HOPE ROAD is a finenovel, the first in a series, and I look forward to reading the others.
This book was fantastic!! A wonderfulwho-done-it!! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I loved the story. Little twists andturns and an ending I did not expect.
A wonderful read which I highlyrecommend. [...] An engrossing storywith fascinating and complex characters. The setting is wonderfully portrayed. A tremendously exciting debut and Ilook forward to more.
The Guy with the Glasses
Very highly recommended. Exactly the kind of book I love.And I did love it.
John [Ray] is a great character.
I enjoyed it tremendously.
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I don'tknow when I've read anything quite sovisual. Hope Road would make a great[TV] program.
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A pretty gripping story. The description of the city was great too.
An intriguing murder mystery from start tofinish.
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You'll be curious to find out whereBarlow plans to take John Ray in upcoming installments.
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This is an intriguing beginning forauthor John Barlow [...] A strong start.
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Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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Tony Ray is a son of a huge crime boss. He on the other hand was on the straight and narrow. Got great grades in high school then moved onto college were he continued his straight a mark. Then one day he watched his brother get shot in the head by a bunch of thugs things started to change.
Tony had taken over his father car business. He even won an award for car salesman of the year. The police officers were watching him because bing the son of a crime boss wasn't the best name to have in town. His best car sales man freddy went missing.
his girlfriend who is a cop had to be called in for a murder. While she was on scene she noticed tony's car. now her boss has her coming down to the station for question and an albi. There was a dead girl found in her boyfriends car that was raped and murdered. On top of that there was 50 thousand dollars in the boot of the car. Den decided it was time to end things with tony because she couldn't loose her job. Den even went out of her way to help tony for little favour thruout the book.
Tony couldn't believe that his car was invloved in a murder. he just bought that car. Freddy was still missing and is now the prime suspect. Tony knows that Freddy couldn't hurt a fly. Tony took matters into his own hands and started to invistagate the murder himself. What he uncovers will shock and amaze you! lol i know that sounded corny, but it is true.
and what is a true crime book without some drama and action? there is tons of near death experiences and great drama. just have to make sure to make it thru the boring parts that keeps dragging and then it gets great!
John tried to escape. He went to Cambridge and took jobs out of Leeds until his father's stroke brought him home to help his brother decide what to do with the family's used car business on Hope Road, a business that fronts for various criminal activities.
As they discuss options, an unknown killer shoots his brother. A police officer, Denise, shows up and wipes the blood and brains off John's face. This begins their relationship. It also begins John's ownership/running of the car company as a regular business.
A year or so later, when a girl is murdered, her body is found in one of John's cars. Denise's superior, an ex-lover, would love to arrest John, but Denise is his alibi. They were together at a banquet where John got Used Car Dealer of the Year, and in bed afterward. So her boss focuses on John's employee: a young man John's fond of, a man who's more like a partner, a man who could never kill anyone. The police don't agree.
John is going to have to find out who killed the girl and why, or his employee is going to take the rap. Fighting the police, trying not to lose Denise, getting on the bad side of the crime lord who took his father's place, trying to keep his own reputation clean...He barely has time to eat but manages to make us drool with luscious food/wine descriptions.
And all along the way, little hints tell us more is going on than we're being told. Each twist and turn proves John is not the most reliable narrator.
This is a really good read. I plan to look for more John Ray mysteries.
Barlow has developed a novel that is rich with a diversity of complex characters and plot twists. Counterfeiting, money laundering, stolen cars, jealousy and guilt are all issues that face John Ray. As a reader, I found John Ray to be an empathetic character while at the same time I found him to be a character that is unsavory and deserving of everything that happens to him. Maybe the rest of the series will deal with the transformation of John Ray. However, will that transformation find John escaping his family's past or will it find him embracing his family's past?
As an American reader, I was distracted, at times, by various British idioms and slang but it was nothing that the Kindle dictionary could not handle. While at times, the pace of the novel was slow, overall, I enjoyed the novel and look forward to the next book in the series.
Top international reviews
Just a personal niggle for me but it didn't endear me to this book.
Also I didn't take to the main character, John Ray, the supposed "white sheep" in a criminal family.
However, from the first page the author lets you realize what is going on, so no mystery there.
I thought it was slow and a bit repetitive about John's insistence that his employee, Freddy, was
innocent of the murder charge, though he was obviously guilty of something.
There was some crude language, but no explicit sex. I wouldn't urge anyone to read this book,
but at least it was free when I got it.
So I was interested to see what his take on a crime novel would be. As you might expect, this is no ordinary PC Plod story - he comes at it from a variety of angles, with a hero or anti-hero (take your pick) whose profile and history are far from conventional. All your early expectations will be turned upside down as it progresses. He even manages to get Spanish pig into it - which - if you think about it - is a police-like reference!
If you want a run-of-the-mill gumshoe whodunnit, don't bother. But if you want to read something devious and different I highly recommend Hope Road. I'm about to start the sequel with great anticipation.
It has everything I look for in a crime novel - believable characters, a good story line, twists and turns, and realistic dialogue. The writing is sparse and tight, and the story zips along. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, and recommend Hope Road to fans of British crime fiction.
Coming Home by Chris Gallagher
However, atho I quite enjoyed it, I can't really say it was brilliant. I didn't find myself particularly *thrilled* or gripped by the storyline/plot and thought the pace was quite slow.
Good writing and decent characterization hence I award it 3 stars.
Basic storyline... The black sheep of the family is the well educated good guy who returns to his native Leeds to his gangster family and has to find a murderer to save his friend.
I love it and will most definitely recommend this book to everyone!
It is bad enough that it is in everyday spoken language, but to read it as well...
I wont be reading any further books.