- File Size: 1363 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Darkwater Syndicate, Inc. (June 15, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CCGF48H
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not often do I envision a book as film, but SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST WALES is too precious and perfect not to. Every moment I read, while simultaneously marveling at the author's talent, suspensefully hanging on the cliff edge (or knife edge) of the sharp plot, I visualized the film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as the wealthy but enigmatic and mysterious Mrs. Barnes, and Jimmy Stewart as the sometimes bumbling, sometimes swiftly efficient, private investigator Samson Valentine. Ronald Colman was offstage as the supposedly suave con artist, Mr. Barnes. And the always elusive criminal mastermind Xray? Played by the Wizard of Oz, of course. This engrossing scenario was brought to us by prolific author David Owain Hughes, channeling pulp noir author Dashiell Hammett.
Lest you find my casting too outre, I should point out that Samson Valentine, former military, former police detective, is an alcoholic, twice-widowed private detective in contemporary Cardiff, Wales. However, by an extraordinary ability, Samson also believes himself to be a P.I. in 1940's Chicago, a veteran of the era of gangsters, mob sway, and Tommy guns. He doesn't just long for it, he lives it; and he had this reader living it too.
Sam's a gumshoe stuck in the 1940's. Only, that's all in his head. He's so booze-addled all the time that he thinks he's in Chicago of the bygone era, when in reality he's in modern-day Wales. While his idea of reality is made-up, the danger he faces is very real. A giant diamond has fallen into his lap, and the organized crime syndicate will stop at nothing to get it back, even if that means snuffing him in the process.
The story starts with a washed up detective named Sampson Valentine. He use to be the best of the best until booze got ahold of him. He is twice widowed he find himself embroiled with the mob in a hair-raising battle of wits, twist and plenty of real gut wrenching gun fights. There is never a dull moment in this book.
This story is set perfectly in the 1940’s. The vivid descriptions will pull you right into the story and you will not want to put it down. I didn’t. I read this in one sitting and didn’t even answer the phone.
The characters, like all of them in David’s books, are full and you come to love some of them and even feel like you know them. The entire feel of this book is brilliant. I don’t care if you like crime novels or not you will absolutely love this. The bad guys in the story will make you cringe and want to hide. They are evil and you feel this with every word you read.
There honestly isn’t anything negative I can say about this book except it ended. Of course that just means that it was good.
Im always afraid to say to much about the story line for fear that I will ruin the experience for another reader but trust me when I say get this book! Thank you David for another awesome read! Here’s to many more my friend!
In my humble opinion David has a real winner here!