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On the mean streets of the Midlands,
This review is from: Old Gold (An Eoin Miller Mystery Book 1) (Paperback)
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Eoin is an ex policeman (whose wife still is a cop) who now spends his time as a form of private investigator finding things or people. This means that he works for the criminally inclined at times. One night meets a girl and takes her home and when he wakes up the next morning she is beside him still - dead. So barely 10 pages in I was happily hooked. The characters are mostly rich and interesting and the writing clearly evokes the post industrial feel of the area with the novel set in the present time.
Eoin manages dry humour, world weariness, vulnerability and being hard during the course of the book in a very convincing way. He interacts with both villains and police in ways that left me smiling and wincing at the rawness shown. There is a grimness of the landscape and some of the characters which I felt worked very powerfully. There is violence for those who might be concerned about that but the story is much bigger than the individual parts. I do think that there were one or two flaws in this however, while it may not be quite 5 star, it is better than 4 star for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this book - one of the better reads of this year definitely. I'd like to read Jay Stringer's next book - I hope this level of writing and originality can be maintained.