“This book is reminiscent of the macho detective heroes of the 80’s. In many ways it reminded me of Charles Bronsen in St Ives. Pedro has that ultra cool, unflappable Bronsen swagger. John, too is a man’s man. This is no messing, hard hitting detective fiction. No fluff, no frills just getting on with the action.”
“The excellent dialogue in this book made it a hit for me. The author knew his characters well and was able to keep the dialogue entertaining and authentic. Good use of the politics of the time to create an unusual plot line.”
“This is detective work 80’s style and it makes a pleasant change. It you grew up in the 80’s or just remember that time, you will get a warm feeling from this book as memories of 80’s cop shows return.”
“Many other characters will enter the plot like the treacherous Sue West, the mysterious dance school owner Rosa and ‘insufferable ass’ Edward. However, it is John’s contentious relationship with Pedro which is central to the book and which never ceases to take surprising twists and turns. The author has created distinctive and real characters who carry the plot very well.”
“The Assassin’s Keeper is written very much like a TV series. What I mean by that, is that the action could easily be broken up into a ten part series. The book has all the elements of good TV detective drama with red herrings, punch ups, murders, back stabbing and intrigue all dotting the path to the explosive conclusion. A highly original work written in a slightly unusual format. This is not a who-dunnit or a quest for justice type thriller; it examines a rather complex and drawn out plot of revenge in which the stakes could not be higher.”
An interesting blend of detective fiction and international espionage. This book is lively, entertaining and modern. The language is accessible and the pace is very good throughout. The author is efficient with words, in terms of being able to set the scene well without laborious descriptions. I agree with the other reviewers about the authenticity of the characters. Nice read.
The author’s forte is in his characters and dialogue. Many authors of fiction are so immersed in complex plots that the characters are secondary and the dialogue is wooden and poorly thought out. I found the characters jumped off the page and did have a real feel to them – especially the men. I did find Drinda rather intriguing and it was a pity she never continued later into the book.
Conflict is vital in any crime thriller and there is no shortage of conflict between these characters. The dynamic between John and Pedro is fascinating. While John is always on the back foot in terms of his relationship with Pedro, he is man enough to stand up to the suave Argentinian and tell him off or tell him to go to hell. John thinks he is merely doing detective grunt work for Pedro, but he wants out, his marriage is suffering and he cannot keep up with running his restaurant and doing Pedro’s dirty work and then he hears something…a name…chills run down his spine and suddenly it all falls into place and it is more shocking than he can ever imagine.
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The Assassin has been patient – a one man sleeper cell, waiting for the perfect time to exact his nation’s revenge in spectacular and shocking style.
Pedro Garcia is a veteran of the Argentine Inteligencia and US covert operations, a consummate professional, he can smell a skeleton in a closet and is a master of using this ability to blackmail and manipulate. Pedro’s job is to ensure The Assassin is kept safe and is able to carry out his mission successfully.
Pedro moves to San Francisco where his first recruit is Drinda, a sassy and duplicitous young woman recently acquitted of murdering her boyfriend. With Drinda’s help, Pedro will lure London Chef John into their circle; making sure John is primed for the pivotal role he will play in London one day.
Duped into a compromising position where he finds himself framed for murder, John must flee San Francisco. Back in London he rebuilds his life, getting married and preparing to start a family, until one day, Pedro arrives.
Pedro holds the key evidence which will ensure John returns to the US to face two murder charges, unless he plays ball.
John will find himself embroiled in the biggest scandal to hit the United Kingdom establishment since Guy Fawkes, will he risk everything he has worked for and blow the whistle?
Read this exciting and action packed novel to find out.
Down To The Abbey is about greed, murder, blackmail, but above all it’s about love, forbidden love.
The creator of television series Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has said that his stories were inspired by the books of Frank Howell Evans. Down To The Abbey relates the stories of several characters in aristocratic London just after World War 1. It was a time of change which saw the aristocracy trying to keep their privileges and the lower classes trying to claw themselves into the higher classes. It is about greed, murder, blackmail, but above all it’s about love, forbidden love.
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