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- Print Length: 312 pages
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- Publisher: Lakewater Press (March 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019X3WELC
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I recently raced through the gritty crime noir “Poor Boy Road” by the American writer Jim Weaver and I’ll say this: either Mr. Weaver has a preternaturally vivid imagination, or he has spent an unhealthy amount of time in the company of used car salesmen, bounty hunters, small town drug dealers and the men who chase them – sheriffs and their deputies – and one very scary drug kingpin named Shane Langston.
The main character is Jake Caldwell, whose own continued existence is contingent upon his ability to hunt down and kill the aforementioned Mr. Langston – no easy task, given the kingpin’s reach and connections and the fear that he strikes into the hearts of those who stand in his way.
It took me several chapters to get pulled in and fully oriented in this tale, but once I was in, I was in to stay. Weaver has constructed a story line which keeps us guessing and it is only once we are too far along to turn back that we realize that a lot of nasty stuff lies ahead.
But we plow on, and every time we think that Jake Caldwell, our intrepid hero, is going to succeed in rescuing himself or someone else, another roadblock is put in place. Weaver throws in some severe complications – one involving a reappearing love interest and another involving a character whose life is in danger and who suddenly means a lot more to Jake than he was counting on.
I read the last thirteen chapters in one fell swoop. So will you.
Jake Caldwell, bone breaker for the mob, wants out. His dad is dying and Jake is called home for his father’s last days. Unfortunately, Jake’s home town happens to be the stomping ground for his boss’s rival. His boss offers him a choice. While he is home for his father’s last moments he must take out Shane Langston… If he doesn’t, Jake’s way out involves a box with his name on it. It’s not really a choice. But going home stirs up more than just bad memories.
James L. Weaver has written a gripping tale full of tension and suspense. This was a very enjoyable read. The second half simply flew by. The characters are rich with history and backstory. Even then typical bad guys have depth. The town has such a realistic feel that you start to eye back alleys and side streets with suspicion and old country back roads with a heathy amount of fear. I’m really looking forward to Jake’s next story in Ares Road
The storyline has a couple of twists but for the most part the reader knows what is happening. The procedures, actions and reactions are for the most realistic.
The brutal abuse the two brothers were subjected to makes one wonder why no one in the town did anything to protect the children.
The fact that the eldest did not retaliate against his father is also surprising.
Believable characters and entertaining dialogue.
'Crying out Now you can’t escape you are buried in doubt And it pulls you down Now you’re in too deep you may never get out Such an awful place'
Alter Bridge “Cry of Achilles”
No desire to re-read this story. I may be interested in other works by this author.
Jake Caldwell is an enforcer for the mob. Now he’s heading home where the abusive father he escaped from years ago is dying. He is also on deadline, his boss has given him a way out of the “business” only it involves taking his bone-breaking work to the next level: murder.
Jake’s new life and the old collide as he faces family obligations, old friends, a rekindled love, and the ticking clock of a murderous and unforgiving boss.
POOR BOY ROAD is a fast-paced thriller that was hard to put down. It is well written with realistic characters and dialogue. My interest never waned and I really cared about the characters. This is a story that could be happening in any town right now, which makes it even more realistic. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.