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Unlike the first book in the series, we don’t spend time getting to know Storey’s past and the tale takes off almost immediately. Author Dixon maintains a cracking pace throughout and chapters fly by as the situations he places his protagonist become more and more complex, leading to an explosive ending that doesn’t disappoint.
As in all of Dixon’s novels, the characters carry a realism in their actions and dialogue which make them believable from the start and there’s never a dull moment even when the action is taking a rest. Of particular enjoyment was the back and forth between Storey and his new boss, a tussle of strong-willed personalities that takes no prisoners. A superb crime thriller from a master of the genre.
The writing has a good bit of everything: good characterization all around, off-beat events and locations, fine pacing and plotting...and even bursts of humor where the basically gormless criminal support staff are concerned. Prepare for murder, arson, mayhem and some sexy situations.
He's skeptical at first, commenting that after the publicity he had gotten on the smuggling involvement, "You'd be amazed the offer I had after that little event. TV interviews, book offers, a couple of women wanted to marry me . . . I don't know, you shoot someone and people either want to bury you under a ton of bricks or make you the new pope."
Storey is in Coventry now, having had his fill of London, and decides to take the job, working for Brian Doyle, a former boxer, now in his 60's, who has apparently made a fortune in real estate and now in the process of building a boxing center. He was known as "One Punch Doyle" and initially makes a poor impression on Storey as an arrogant rich guy.
But Storey is an adventurous type and when he learns through a police contact that Doyle's mansion is bugged for undisclosed reasons, he becomes intrigued and wants to know more. The pay is good, and he decides he can put up with Doyles' boasting about his past boxing triumphs, ending in "one punch" knockouts.
From this point, Storey finds out about old boxing animosities, money lenders, bookies, racketeers, a kidnapping. It begins with Storey discovering petty thefts at the construction site, being knocked on the head and left unconscious while the building is set on fire. He recovers in time to put out the fire, but realizes something big is going on here, and he was being silenced. A murder, not Storey's fortunately, takes place a short time later, and Storey finds himself inextricably involved.
While Doyle is at the center of these developments, Storey thinks, despite his initial dislike, that Doyle may actually be a decent person. But boxing and money have always attracted their share of unsavory types, and Doyle may be a target as much as Storey himself. Storey finds himself in the crosshairs of some vicious characters.
It's a satisfying crime novel as it goes beyond simplistic characterization and explores the motives of multiple individuals who begin by wanting to make money but cut corners, both small and large, fatal in some cases, in their pursuit of wealth.