The Late Greats: A gripping page turner you can't put down (Joe Geraghty Book2) Kindle Edition
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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.**
The Late Greats is Nick Quantrill's second novel featuring his PI Joe Geraghty. This story like the author's first novel, Broken Dreams, is set against the backdrop of modern day Hull which is Nick's home city.
These Private eye stories don't pander to the clichés. They are firmly set in the modern age. They are tightly written, fast flowing and above believable tales. Nick uses the setting of Hull to great effect using the older and newer parts of the city to flesh out his stories and give them some of the fantastic character of Hull, placing them solidly in a real world scenario. However, he doesn't once use the city as a psychological crutch it is secondary to the story and that's how it should be. Casual references slipped in that sit easy with the plot.
One of the things I like most about Nick's writing is his down to earth approach. He knows how to tell a good story in a very believable fashion. I found the dialogue to be slicker and snappier than in his previous novel. Nick clearly has an eye for detail and it shows in his plot structure.
Nick's first novel Broken Dreams explored the city's history in a lively fashion but The Late Greats is all about the characters. Quantrill has expanded upon his first novel and brought to life a gripping character driven story that you'll find yourself racing through. A cracking read.
After finishing Nick Quantrill's sophomore effort, "The Late Greats," I wondered what Auden would make of the effort. PI Joe Geraghty is back for another whodunit, and this one is even better than the debut. A once popular and critically acclaimed band, New Holland, is set for a comeback record and tour just as the singer goes missing right before the big reunion.
Geraghty is hired by the band's management to track the singer down. A reporter on the rock beat gets mixed up with the PI, and all sorts of odd relationships with the missing singer complicate the search. As events go from bad to worse, shadowy figures step from the background, and Geraghty finds himself in deep trouble.
I found the interior monologues of the Joe Geraghty to be illuminating as I tried in vain to keep a step ahead of the action. With recent popular music and the city of Hull in England as backdrops, Geraghty attempts to keep danger at arm's length as he works the case. He ponders getting older and indeed his own mortality and irrelevancy as he ages. The prose rendered by Quantrill is reflective and poignant, seasoned with more than a dash of humor.
Auden has been gone for a long time, but I feel that if he were still with us, he'd have made an exception were he to read Quantrill's latest effort.