Monday, 5 December 2016
(You may well have read his previous novel The London Sniper, published last year. It's still available.)
Dead End deals with the life and troubles of Matthew Crawford.
At 17 years of age, Matthew Crawford fathered a child, a daughter, and he never saw her even once.
Later in his life he marries and it is when he is doing the dutiful father of the bride shtick (the much rehearsed speech, which includes the highs and lows of his life, including the tragic and all too early death of his beloved wife, Rachel, plus a number of other anecdotes of family life, some serious, some amusing.
But it is this event,this in which he had to start thinking of his past in order to write his traditionally expected father of the bride speech, which sets him thinking more deeply about the rest of his life.
So it is that after 30 years Matthew decides to make a serious effort to trace his long lost other daughter, Sophie.
But when he does locate her the situation in which he finds her are far from auspicious, for she is in desperate trouble in southern Spain. Naturally he steps in to rescue her.
But it is then that their troubles really start, as someone decides to take out a retribution on Sophie.
An intriguing, yet unsettling novel, it will make an excellent Christmas present for lovers of hard, gritty crime novels and fans of his first novel.
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