For fans of Allan Guthrie, Kill Clock is a very welcome tasty bite of his fiction, giving another insight into that rogue with a heart, Pearce, who has appeared several times in Guthrie's writing. Previously published, Kill Clock is now an extended version of the original.
Looking for the quiet life with his three-legged dog, Hilda, Pearce is once more dragged into a hopeless situation where he attempts to help a friend, very much against his better judgement.
Obviously Guthrie has chosen to ignore the old adage of never working with children or animals because both take centre stage in Kill Clock. Left in charge of two children after their mother is kidnapped, Pearce does his very best to cope despite their bawling and vomiting.
Representing the child's voice in a violent little tale as this is could be seen as fool-hardy but Guthrie pulls this off well, giving an authentic feel to the constant questioning and squabbling that children present. No goody-two-shoes kids here and the feeling of irritation and shear frustration felt by Pearce as he desperately tries to find someone to look after the kids comes across clearly.
Being Guthrie, there is plenty of violence and a few shocking moments, the presence of the children making this seem all the more shocking. If you've not read anything by Allan Guthrie before, then this may be a good place to start to ease yourself gently into a violent world of crime and revenge.