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Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.
Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.
Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is.
When you can’t identify the victim, how can you find the killer?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I am bold over with every book that I read by Tony Forder because he is so versatile with his good guys and bad guys. Do you ever have one of those days when you think, well things just can’t get any worse, then they do. Well Mike Lynch could beat you hands down as his day went on, having one disaster after another in every day sort of stuff was nothing to how his day would end.
In this story the reluctant hero Mike is a bloke in the wrong place, at the wrong time and witnesses a murder. Then he tries to make a get away from danger as jumps into the dead victim’s car unaware that he has two additional passengers in the back. It is the start of a terrifying journey for all the three occupants of the car.
Now there are some rather tender moments in this story that sort of just doesn’t pull at your heart strings, they tie them into knots. Charlie, one of the accidental occupants, is just a little girl and she wants to go home to see her daddy. Unfortunately some things are just impossible. Charlie had Mike pegged as grumpy early on, although she clearly really liked and trusted him. Charlie’s nanny was the second occupant. Together Mike and Melissa try to piece together the reasons why her boss has not just been randomly murdered but executed and it soon becomes clear that they can trust very few people.
This is a super fast paced read, with a superb story line and a body count that just kept mounting up. There was far more to Mike than first meets the eye, everyone has a past and his gives him the ability to call on a couple of buddies to lend a hand when the going gets really tough. There are some pretty hefty players in this game of cat and mouse that are determined to eliminate any trace that leads back to them.
The good guys are brilliant and the bad guys determined which makes for yet again a top notch read from this author. Loved it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who will publish his new edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone this spring. It is the first in a series.
Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.
Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.
The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.
During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”
Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.
As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.
This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017. In the meantime, he hopes you enjoy Bad to the Bone, introducing DI James Bliss and DC Penny Chandler.