- File Size: 1566 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: London Large Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078RM4WDZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
London Large - Sharp and Short: Six Stories Featuring Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins Kindle Edition
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These brothers, Roy and Gary Robson, work well together in crafting characters and a sense of time that draws me into the story. Their writing is consistent even though they live in two different countries. I find the amazement I feel at this teamwork to be refreshing and downright cool. It would not surprise me know others have felt the same.
If this is your first foray into the London Large world, do not be misled into thinking the first three books must be read before this collection of short stories concerning Harry’s past. I read the books in the order in which they were published since I happily tripped over finding the Robson brothers early in my foray into the epublishing world. Each book stands alone; there are not teasers or threads into the next book.
If you are looking for a well-written good read with deep characterizations, a descriptive sense of place and time with challenging mysteries, look no further. This is an easy recommendation for me to give you if you appreciate good prose! Join the world of London Large, meet Harry and enjoy this book!
I really enjoyed reading about all of those who influenced his life... There are 3 novels written before this book and I'm positive you will love them all.
Home Front - November, 2003. Age 45. Harry's reaction to a string of violated, murdered young girls and health scare and his marriage.
Counter Punch - October, 1984; February, 1985. While still in the army, H handles an extended family problem against a crime lord, with an American GI by H's side.
On Tour - 1978. Nineteen year-old H, Shy Nervous John and Ronnie as part of the Anglers Athletic under-21s on tour in Amsterdam and Hamburg. Their first time out of England.
That's Life - November, 1995. Little Ronnie is born and H lives his code about his friends, his "own".
Unsafe Space - November 2017. As a private investigator, a case leads him to a university where the students are brainwashed by their professor into destruction and hatred.
Tipping Point - January, 1974. Prequel - Must read Tipping Point first before LL Blood on the Streets. The introduction of the old school raising of several of the major characters of the London Large series. This intro clarify any confusion the reader may experience in LL, Blood on the Streets.
London Large, Blood on the Streets #1 - A well written, action filled, suspense novel set in present day London. The multiple battles of old school vs. new police, Russian and Albanian mafias, and the elites of government. The pace is fast and the reader is intrigued by what is on the pages. I couldn't put the book down. I contacted the authors to review their books after reading Tipping Point, the intro of the old school raising of several of the major characters. Tipping Point should be read first, if possible.
London Large, Bound by Blood #2 - A well written, action filled, suspense novel set, in present day London, that picks up from Blood on the Streets a few months later with the same characters plus. The prime focus is still the continuing battle against the Albanian mafia. I couldn't put this book down any more than I did the first book. I contacted the authors to review their books after reading Tipping Point, the intro the old school raising of several of the major characters. Tipping Point should be read first, if possible.
London Large, Bloody Liberties #3- Blood and thunder, to borrow a British phrase. A well written, action packed, suspense filled novel that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go until the end. Then you think about what you've read. I couldn't put the book down; I was immersed in the horror that is so possible today. Good old fashion soldiering, new technology and human perseverance; the combination making a great read. The twisting plot was well thought out and believable; the dialog realistic; and the technology spot on.
If you haven't read the prequel and the first two books, you need to do so. Liberties can be read without them, but they enhance the story and you understand the viewpoints of the characters better.
However, one thing that I have always liked about the London Large series is the quality of the prose and the realism this creates in the situations that Harry finds himself in, the various periods the stories are set in were also described in a very evocative manner.
Normally I would say that a set of short stories like these would form a great introduction to a character/series, but in this case I think that at least a couple of the full length books needs to be read first, to appreciate this background.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author, but I have written this honest review based solely on my own opinions.