The Late Greats: A gripping page turner you can't put down (Joe Geraghty Book2) Kindle Edition
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Quantrill does a good job creating and sustaining mystery, and again his use of the local backdrop in Hull is a big plus. His use of a rock-band theme in this outing was also entertaining and well handled.
Then the lead singer and band's engine, Greg Tasker, disappears and Geraghty is under pressure to find him before it's too late.
This is a story that gets better and better as it proceeds. Initially the premise looks simple enough, lead singer and lynchpin of New Holland has disappeared. Without him the band cannot exist and their guarded manager, Major, is increasingly desperate for Tasker to be found. Joe soon tracks him down, unfortunately he's been murdered.
As more revelations about Tasker and the band occur, Joe finds himself deeper and deeper into trouble with less and less control over events. With it, The Late Greats becomes an increasingly complex and intriguing story - the reader becomes more involved as Joe does. It's subtly done and turns into a real page turner as all the story strands are brought together.
The characters are very good. Joe is still haunted by the death of his wife. At heart a good guy who wants to do the best by people, whatever trouble that ultimately brings him. Kane Major is at the opposite end of the scale, someone who only looks out for himself and pushes Joe hard despite his reservations. There's also the reporter, Julia Gowans, who's somewhere between the two and is somewhat of an enigma until the end. Finally Trevor Bilton, local hard nut, and a cast of supporting characters, each with a piece of the jigsaw in their hands.
The action is located in Hull, an industrial town in Northern England where the author lives. Not your typical place for a novel but Quantrill paints it well and uses the landscape, whether it's the city itself or windswept bleak countryside, as an effective backdrop.
If you like slow-burn, intelligent detective fiction, track down Quantrill's Geraghty novels.
**Originally reviewed for Books and Pals bog. May have received free review copy.**
But now they're back together having, apparently, forgotten their creative and personal differences and are about to embark on a lucrative comeback tour. So, with his eye on the prize, Kent Major hires Geraghty to keep an eye on the boys, so that all runs smoothly.
But, of course, it doesn't and all quickly goes pear shaped when the singer , Greg Tasker, disappears. And, inevitably,Geraghty is despatched to find him.
The Late Greats is a fast paced, page-turner, the weight of which rests heavily on Geraghty's broad shoulders. Geraghty, unlike many of crime fiction's messed up PIs, is an Everyman - a decent and likeable bloke just trying to get on with his life after the death of his wife. Trying to adapt to change. Something many of the characters in The Late Greats are trying to avoid.
In Quantrill's smashing début novel, Broken Dreams, Joe Geraghty's investigations allowed him to to dig into the city's past and address its changes- both good and bad.
In this follow up novel, however, Geraghty is forced to look at how people change. How some people grow up,and not always for the better, and others never do.
The Late Greats, is a splendid, character driven piece of social realist storytelling which cements Nick Quantrill's position as a crime writer with something to say.
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