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A washed up reporter, an escaped convict, a sociopathic gangster. All are hunting The Nudge Man…
“There’s only one of me. I’m not a hitman. I’m unique, one of a kind. I’m The Nudge Man.”
Wheelchair bound, born again, ex-gangster, Eric Hennessey offers down on his luck reporter, Harrison Vaughan, a job. Find The Nudge Man, a mysterious vigilante who’s stolen most of Hennessey’s money, ill-gotten gains which now Hennessey wants to use to do God’s work. Trouble is, Harry has no desire to work for a sociopathic murderer, even if he is an apparently changed man.
Harry is estranged from his family, he hasn’t seen or heard from them in over five years, since a fabricated scandal destroyed his career. Harry believes his wife walked out on him and took the children. However, Hennessey tells Vaughan it was The Nudge Man who set him up for the fall. Find The Nudge Man and Harry has the chance for redemption and maybe even his family back.
However, Hennessey has another objective in mind. Unknown to Harry his family were taken into witness protection and had to cut ties with everyone after Harry’s son saw a murder – carried out by Eric Hennessey. But the witness protection programme was compromised and the Vaughans had to go off the grid, they couldn’t contact anybody. Hennessey has been looking for them ever since and now may have a way in – Harry himself.
Harry’s search begins in prison, visiting violent criminal Pomfrey Lavender – apparently Lavender has information which will help. But Lavender is suffering various medical problems, including a psychological condition whereby he believes he’s already dead. Harry’s mention of The Nudge Man sends Lavender into a rage and he threatens to kill Harry should he pursue his objective. Harry is relieved Lavender is behind bars. Trouble is, two days later Lavender breaks out.
And others are on the trail of The Nudge Man, including the British government and an American secret service agent. Then there’s the lawyer who offers Harry £1m. All Harry has to do is stay away from The Nudge Man…
With more questions than answers and hapless guard dog, Bonzo at his side who’s bark is definitely worse than his bite, Harry begins his search.
Can Harry find The Nudge Man and save his family? Or will Hennessey exact his revenge?
“Packed with the author’s trademark wit, The Nudge Man is a seriously good, mind-bendingly twisty novel, and cements Nixon’s place among the upper echelon of British crime writers.”
M.W. Craven, author of the Washington Poe Novels.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
There are some people in life that just seem like they are metaphorically walking under ladders all the time because bad luck just seems to wait for them at every opportunity. Well meet down and out former newspaper reporter Harrison Vaughan, a man who was set up five years ago in a lie that ruined his life, cost him his reputation, his career and his family. So when a small and very illegal opportunity is put to him his £1.39 bank balance doesn’t give him any choice but to take it.
So now I am only a couple of chapters in and well I already love this guy, Harry has a brilliant dry humour that not everyone in the story finds amusing. Now I am listening to this book at work in a store, the store is closed and from aisle to aisle all my work colleagues can hear is me laughing. This brings me to my second favourite character Bonzo the guard dog. If ever there was a match made in heaven than it was for this pair.
Things go from bad to worse, to a glimmer of hope for Harry to find out who is behind the name of the man who ruined his life, The Nudge Man. But, there is always a but, this means that he will have to play ball with some rather dodgy characters including a real vile piece of work, ex-gangster Eric Hennessey. The race is on as to who will find The Nudge Man first.
This is a story full of memorable characters, each and everyone with their quirky unmistakable essence, there was no having to think where they fitted in. Oh boy I could fill a swear jar from when I found out the porkies that were told by some of the people, I am, I have to say quite gullible. This story makes a real solid key stone to build this series on. Absolutely loved it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.