Title - Down Among the Dead Men.
Author - Kerry Wilkinson
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy from Author.
Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 22 October 2015.
Down Among the Dead Men is a dark underworld thriller from bestselling crime writer, Kerry Wilkinson.
'I'm going to do you a favour: I'm going to tell you my name and then I'm going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we're going to have a problem'.
Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea.
But Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy - salvation.
This book kick's off with a young Jason Green, and life as it is for him. He is rescued from a good kicking by Crime boss, Harry Irwell.
It then fast forwards to Jason now. and the life he is living. He seem's quite an ordinary guy, doesn't like to stand out, doesn't like attention. Despite seeming quite ordinary he is very much playing at being one of the big boy's. Where robbery just seem's as normal as going to work for the day.
We shoot from past to present in this book, which gives you good background on the characters. Despite what they do, I did like a few of the character. And Jason seemed like someone that everyone could know, that guy who doesn't really stand out, the one you think is quiet, the one you think just goes home and chills out of an evening.
There seemed to be quite a bit of background and getting to know Jason, which I liked. I just felt that the start of this book was a little slow at taking off.
However once it took off it took off I really got into in. The story was interesting and certainly kept me reading, I read this book pretty quick. And did enjoy it.
It was a little different to what I have previously read by Kerry, but still a really good, interesting read.
It’s difficult to say too much more about the storyline as to do so would ruin it for those people that haven’t read it yet.
It also makes you wonder how different life would have been for Jason had he not met Harry on that day. How would things have turned out for him.
I have to admit, I kept waiting for Jessica to pop up. (those that have read Kerry's other books will know where I'm coming from). but sadly I have to wait forever for the next Jessica book.
A big THANK YOU to Kerry for sending me an early review copy of this book, It's an honour as always to read your work.
Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.
His debut, LOCKED IN, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011.
THINK OF THE CHILDREN outsold Dan Brown to become Amazon UK's no.1 Kindle pre-order. Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.
Since then, the Jessica Daniel series has continued with PLAYING WITH FIRE, THICKER THAN WATER, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, CROSSING THE LINE and SCARRED FOR LIFE.
A spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE - the Andrew Hunter series - started with SOMETHING WICKED in 2014. The follow-up, SOMETHING HIDDEN, will be released in 2016.
A standalone crime novel, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, set in the same world as Jessica and Andrew, will be released in October 2015.
Pan Macmillan - Griffin in the US - are also publishing Kerry's young adult/fantasy/adventure series - the Silver Blackthorn trilogy. The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2014, with RENEGADE following in 2015 and RESURGENCE in 2016.
He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.
Confirmed upcoming UK releases:
Renegade (Silver Blackthorn 2): 7 May 2015
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter 1): 16 July 2015 (paperback)
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 22 October 2015 (hardback & ebook)
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel): Jan/Feb 2016
Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn 3): May 2016
Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter 2): 2016
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