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- Print Length: 301 pages
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- Publication Date: October 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OY578V6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,692,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you've read the other two books, you'll know Jack Lockwood is a thoroughly nice guy in the same sort of mould as Dick Francis heroes. The main difference is he is not very lucky in love, but that just gives him some extra poignant charm. I agree with one of the other reviewers here that the opening chapter is one of the best, most gripping beginnings I've ever read. Jack is high above the ground clinging to a crane and trying to persuade David, his friend and relative, to come down so he, Jack, can help him clear his name. From this point on, Jack is hounded by drama as three different plots weave their way in and out of his life, all of them bringing him into extremely dangerous situations. These include his investigation into a high level child abuse case, his accidental link to a bullion robbery that brings him both love and tragedy, and a homicidal girl intent on getting revenge for something Jack definitely hasn't done. None of this is helped by his rather on/off relations with the police and his equally on/off love life.
All the same, Jack skillfully fends of the baddies in a series of nail-biting fast action scenes where he manages to dodge death with almost incredible luck. However, when you realise how wise he is to the psyche of murderers and criminals - being a psychological profiler - then it makes sense that he can often anticipate what is going to happen. Some of the dramas that ensue, though, are often the result of a certain naîve side he has that believes if he is nice to the criminals, they'll be decent to him. Quite clearly it doesn't work out that way.
Shear Fear is a serious roller-coaster reading ride and you really, really won't want to put it down. Well done, Geoffrey West! This was a rollicking good read and just what I needed.
Lockwood is the British equivalent of an American criminal profiler. He is unwillingly dragged into bizarre circumstances where it appears that half of Britain is trying to kill him. First his half-brother is accused of rape and murder, his girl friend steals something from the mob and leaves Jack holding the bag, a colleague at Jack's publisher is obsessed with his ruination and powerful people trying to cover up unspeakable crimes against children, are all trying to kill him.
West has taken three major plot lines and wound them up into a blockbuster of a story. He has created in Jack Lockwood a humble, likable character that I immediately identified with.
West is an accomplished story tell with an incredible imagination. I was in awe of how he juggled multiple plots, kept them tightly wound from cover to cover.
I loved this book. I loved the writing. The only bad part is having to wait for the next one.
This is one of those fantasy crime thrillers, more of a cross between 24 and Jonathan Creek (if you can imagine such a thing) than a realistic crime story like, for instance, George Gently. Its hero is fazed by nothing and no-one, flits across Europe to uncover mysteries in the way one might pop down to the shops, yet retains a rather naive (occasionally bumbling, even) attitude, especially towards relationships with the opposite sex, which might be part of his charm. He's your typical crime solving maverick, the guy whose methods are not orthodox but no-one can deny that he gets results. It's a good story of its type, well written. There are some well illustrated minor characters, too, namely Stephen Romsey and Veronica Dashwood.
I was interested in this book because of its theme of an historic child abuse cover up at the highest levels - very current, and I wanted to see how it would be handled. For me, there was not quite enough resolution about the conspiracy, but I'd still say that if you like this sort of book you'll enjoy this. And Jack Lockwood lives to fight another day - just!
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Jack Lockwood is an entertaining, enigmatic, and larger than life character. I could really imagine a TV series or even film series with this character's stories being portrayed on screen.
Fans of the Jack Lockwood series will love Sheer Fear. It contains the same mix of quirky characters, conspiracy theories, and corruption, as the other two books. As in the other two books, Jack finds his life is in danger because of information he holds.
The book is fast-paced, full of realistic characters and situations, as well as containing nail biting action scenes.
In Sheer Fear, Jack takes it upon himself to clear the name of David Hart who was accused of a string of rapes and murders. Jack is convinced that a very influential man, of great wealth and stature, is trying to cover up vital evidence relating to crimes that were carried out many years before.
Jack faces many attempts on his own life. Can he even trust the woman he loves?
There are lots of twists and turns in the book. Each chapter brings something new to the story.
If you like detective stories or murder mysteries you should definitely read this series.
Lets start at the beginning. I loved the book. I read it one sitting and having read all three of Geoffrey West's Jack Lockwood's books, this is the best of them. I heartily recommend it.
The book is much faster paced than the others - it rattles along like a freight train never stopping to take on water and coal. So much happens, you'll be breathless before halfway.
The plot. David, Jack's oldest friend, is accused of a horrific triple rape and murder in the leafy environs of ancient Canterbury. Jack knows full well that David would never have done this, but the evidence seems insurmountable. Still, Jack - being Jack - sets out to prove his friend's innocence. Then, out of the blue, Jack finds a tarantula in his glove compartment and all hell lets loose.
Before long, Jack finds himself at the centre of a conspiracy within a conspiracy, a labyrinthine narrative involving the top echelons of the British establishment. As if that is not enough, he becomes a victim of a vendetta from a surprising femme fatale, and a target of some serious old school villains from the Brinks-Mat days, who don't mess about when it comes to inflicting pain to get what they want.
Geoff weaves the plot expertly, adding his usual fascination with modern history and culture to the mix, and long term fans will recognise Jack's hapless, unfortunate, attempts at finding love amongst the many beautiful, intelligent, flawed, damaged and determined women he encounters.
There are superb set pieces - including the opening scene and a gripping attempted burglary - plus thrills galore and a sense of page turning tension, particularly in the middle section of the book where you have no idea what is going to happen next.
Geoff is an old fashioned story teller and to him, the story is key. His fiction still reminds me of the old ITC detective shows of the sixties, where very episode ends on a cliffhanger, as each chapter does here. Sheer Fear is unapologetic about its old school roots and it benefits from it. There is one scene in the middle that had me both howling and marvelling at Geoff's audacity and for writers, there is a a series of sly digs at the publishing industry and, in particular, literary fiction writers, which had me grinning like the cheshire cat.
I'm a big fan. Sheer Fear can be read before Doppelganger and Rock n Roll Suicide and if you like a rattling good crime fiction read with an absorbing, flawed, charismatic lead character who you will root for all the way down the line, and villains you will definitely want to see get their just desserts, you will love it. At the price, it is a steal. Heartily recommend.
What follows is a roller-coaster of a ride as Jack looks into the truth of the matter.
Jack Lockwood is one of the unluckiest characters in fiction. It’s not necessarily his fault, but he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and upsets the wrong people. The women in his life seem to come with baggage that would perhaps be best described as interesting. Although you get the feeling that Jack would like his pipe and slippers in front of a roaring fire as he puts his feet up of an evening, you know that that will never happen.
The story moves like an express train which has had the brakes taken off. There is no stopping it once it gets going, and go it certainly does.
The writing is crisp and allows you to take the journey along with the author. The characters are well rounded and believable. The plot and sub-plot are nicely woven together and leaves you wondering which strand Jack has got hold of as he is thrown unceremoniously from pillar to post.
This is a stand-alone novel, and one that works well, but reading the first two books in the series will help with understanding of Jack and his motives.
Congratulations to Geoffrey West for producing another rip-roaring mystery/suspense novel.
'Sheer Fear' sees the welcome return of Jack Lockwood - the principal protagonist of the author's previous two books 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide' and 'Doppelganger'. if you have read either of these books you will recognise the character immediately, and before long you'll be willing him to succeed in his crime-solving endeavours. Having said that you don't need to read either of the previous two books to enjoy this one - each of the three can stand alone, without assuming the reader's knowledge of what went before.
The book starts with a cracking good opening chapter which hooks you immediately - and the pace never slows right through to the last page. Furthermore, almost every chapter ends with a cliff hanger which keeps you reading 'just one more chapter'.
This is not a dark, gritty type of crime drama, but more a fast-moving, action-packed yarn - and a thoroughly good one at that. If you're a fan of this genre, you're sure to enjoy 'Sheer Fear'.
This is a terrific crime novel based on historic child abuse claims being made against a high profile figure, which is all very topical. Only in this case those doing the accusing are being killed and an innocent man is being framed for their murders in a massive cover-up. Because of Jack’s connection he involves himself in getting to the truth, meanwhile, and as if this wasn’t danger enough, someone else is playing games with Jack, but the threats are very real and the dangers to his life come only too frequently.
There is a complex weaving of storylines throughout this page-turner of a book and West handles all this brilliantly. His prose flows with terrific descriptions that give warmth and depth to the characters and bring to life the settings. I think West is very good at writing his cast and even those with smaller parts to play come to life with his words. Through all the books Jack is consistently portrayed as the decent guy who you always root for and although successful in so many areas of his life you will him to find the same in his attempts at having a relationship with any of the women he comes across. But I guess a guy can’t be great at everything. The action sequences are gritty, leaving the reader breathless and I must just mention that I really liked a section where a popular and hot-headed character from another well-known series of books pops up and the interaction between the two of them was very entertaining.
I have read all of West’s work and it keeps getting better and better. This one is a belter and while I recommend you read all the books what is great is that they can be read in any order so approach them in any way you like.
This is one of those fantasy crime thrillers, more of a cross between 24 and Jonathan Creek (if you can imagine such a thing) than a realistic crime story like, for instance, George Gently. Its hero is fazed by nothing and no-one, flits across Europe to uncover mysteries in the way one might pop down to the shops, yet retains a rather naive (occasionally bumbling, even) attitude, especially towards relationships with the opposite sex, which might be part of his charm. He's your typical crime solving maverick, the guy whose methods are not orthodox but no-one can deny that he gets results. It's a good story of its type, well written and intelligent - you won't find any grammatical imperfections, errors or 'clunky' sentences! There are some well illustrated minor characters, too, namely Stephen Romsey and Veronica Dashwood.
I was interested in this book because of its theme of an historic child abuse cover up at the highest levels - very current, and I wanted to see how it would be handled. For me, there was not quite enough resolution about the conspiracy, but I'd still say that if you like this sort of crime fiction, Sheer Fear is well worth a click-buy! And Jack Lockwood lives to fight another day - just!
GDW offers you a masterclass in crime fiction, conjuring up that many twists and turns that would leave Houdini in a daze and grappling to get more air. We know Jack will pull through, it’s just a question of what dastardly hoops the author throws at him.
Sheer Fear is a title that makes you want to pick up this book and it’s one that should be judged positively by its seductive cover. It’s a non-stop
white knuckle ride.
So much happens to hero, Jack Lockwood that it defies belief and yet the intriguing story carries the reader forward, promising yet more excitement and new revelations.
This is definitely a great plot for a TV drama and I do want to read the earlier adventures of Jack Lockwood.