Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for THE KINDRED KILLERS by Graham Smith.
An explosive new crime thriller
Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children.
As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.
With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI is invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation.
When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well when an author normally begins a new series they deliver a bright and keen new DI but not Graham Smith, no. Graham Smith moves his new series to the USA and heads the cast of charters with a very loveable rogue that deals with life, at times, through a bottle, though he is trying to at least remember what leads to each fall down now a days, as well as him being a man who likes nothing better than a darn good punch up, as long as he is doing the fighting! Well I loved the first book and knew that it would take a lot to hit that unique spot again but this surpasses everything so far that I have read of his. This is close up and personal and Jake Boulder is ruffled and nothing will die the fire out in this man until he gets justice and I mean JAKE BOULDER justice!
There are some real nut jobs in the world and Graham Smith has captured the essence of the worst kind, in this heart breaking story, that destroys whole families in the most gruesome and horrific ways. When Jake’s best friend’s cousin and his whole family are wiped out, the entire truth is kept from Alfonse because it was simply too much to expect anyone so close to bear. Jake makes a promise to bring the person or people responsible to justice. Unfortunately it isn’t that Jake isn’t quick enough, it is more that the killings are occurring all too quickly and the bodies and ultimate horror mounts up, as well as even more ingenious ways in which to kill someone.
This is such a sad story of how some people in the world see others but I loved how Graham Smith has woven his brilliant dry humour into it to give the book balance for me the reader. It enhances the story and takes it from a daunting read to inspiring. I just couldn’t help myself at times as I felt more like a cheer leader shouting in Jake’s corner. There are some hard reading chapters, well not quite. Graham Smith lead me up as close to the unthinkable scenes as he possibly could and then let my imagination explode with what came next. Don’t get me wrong there is no doubt about any outcome but this clever writer lets your mind deal with how much detail you include on the worst bits. Very thoughtful. Although I have mentioned that this is the second book in the series it could easily be read as a stand alone but don’t short change yourself, read both. Utterly brilliant!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO THE AUTHOR