- File Size: 2095 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (September 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075BCDWYH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Here's a very simplified version of the plot (spoiler alert!): Charlie Bell, a former detective, is in prison for murdering Phillip Mansel-Jones, a nasty criminal who'd eluded the police for years. So far so good, though if "Charlie never had access to a gun," how did he shoot Mansel-Jones? That part is never explained. Anyway, three years into his sentence, Charlie and prison guard Ariadne Teddington develop feelings for each other. She manages to locate Charlie's 5-year-old son, who is dying of starvation after his mother abandons him. This whole gruesome scene has nothing to do with the prison story except that Charlie and Ariadne attend the boy's burial, where they are shot at for unknown reasons.
Handcuffed together, Charlie takes the badly wounded Ariadne to an abandoned apartment block, where a self-castrated former surgeon saves her life. (Why didn't Charlie take her to a hospital, for heaven's sake?) Charlie keeps her handcuffed to a bed and sleeps with her (just sleep--no sex) until she's freed to attend a press conference. (Confused yet? It gets worse.)
Charlie goes back to prison, where he and Ariadne continue to investigate the murder of Inmate Tommy Walters, which naturally gets them mixed up in a conspiracy involving staff and inmates. Ariadne and Charlie are arrested for some reason and taken to a police station for questioning, where they are put in the same cell and sleep together (again with no sex). The police decide to work with them to find out who's really behind Tommy's murder, the graveyard shooting, and the whole prison conspiracy.
They assume Rhys Mansel-Jones is the ringleader behind the conspiracy, but wait! After more laborious twists and turns, we learn that the real ringleader is none other than the prison director himself, the seemingly sane but actually crazy Peter ("Leo") Jones, who may or may not be related to Mansel-Jones. This interesting tidbit is never explained.
The director deliberately causes a riot and tries to kill Ariadne to make her a martyr, so he can initiate sweeping reforms. (I told you he was crazy.) He is aided by corrupt staff, but Charlie and "good" inmates arrive at the last minute, saving Ariadne and ending the riot. Charlie is released and heads out "to an uncertain future." Will he and Ariadne ever get together? Will they ever have sex? Maybe the author knows. I don't care to find out.
This book needs the services of a skilled editor to clarify the confusing plot, as well as a good proofreader to eliminate the scores of errors in grammar and punctuation, especially in the glaring misuse of commas.
On the plus side, I liked the two main characters. I just wish they'd been given a better, more realistic plot. Two stars for trying.