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The Late Greats (Joe Geraghty Book 2) by [Quantrill, Nick]
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An unputdownable read by one of Hull's own greatest. Joe Geraghty belongs up there with the best in the genre. --Sheila Quigley (author of "Nowhere Man")

Great read, with pace, style and a good helping of northern grit. It is noir with salt in the air. --Neil White (author of "Cold Kill")

A cold blast of fresh northern air. Nick Quantrill's conflicted hero is as gritty and downtrodden as his home town --Howard Linskey (author of "The Drop")

Joe Geraghty is a wonderfully flawed hero and cements Nick Quantrill's position as Yorkshire's number one crime writer
--Russ Litten (author of "Scream If You Want To Go Faster")

"An unputdownable read by one of Hull's own greatest. Joe Geraghty belongs up there with the best in the genre." Sheila Quigley author of "Thorn In My Side". --caffeine-nights.com

"Great read, with pace, style and a good helping of northern grit. It is noir with salt in the air."
Neil White author of "Cold Kill". --caffeine-nights.com

"A cold blast of fresh northern air. Nick Quantrill's conflicted hero is as gritty and downtrodden as his home town." Howard Linskey author of "The Drop" --caffeine-nights.com

"Joe Geraghty is a wonderfully flawed hero and cements Nick Quantrill's position as Yorkshire's number one crime writer." Russ Litten author of "Scream If You Want To Go Faster"
--caffeine-nights.com

"Geraghty is as flawed and rugged as the tough northern landscape through which he prowls, and Quantrill's a terrific talent." Matt Hilton (author of the Joe Hunter thrillers)
--Matt Hilton (author of the Joe Hunter thrillers)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (17 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M2GFEE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In Nick Quantrill's cracking new crime novel, The Late Greats, Hull based Private Eye Joe Geraghty is hired by an overbearing musical 'entrepreneur', Kent Major, to babysit his possible cash cow - the band New Holland. Once upon a time, New Holland were the bee's knees, the cat's whiskers. Imagine, if you will, Hull's version of Oasis, surfing the crest of the Britpop wave and then, in the blink of an eye,stagnating and self- destructing.

But now they're back together having, apparently, forgotten their creative and personal differences and are about to embark on a lucrative comeback tour. So, with his eye on the prize, Kent Major hires Geraghty to keep an eye on the boys, so that all runs smoothly.

But, of course, it doesn't and all quickly goes pear shaped when the singer , Greg Tasker, disappears. And, inevitably,Geraghty is despatched to find him.

The Late Greats is a fast paced, page-turner, the weight of which rests heavily on Geraghty's broad shoulders. Geraghty, unlike many of crime fiction's messed up PIs, is an Everyman - a decent and likeable bloke just trying to get on with his life after the death of his wife. Trying to adapt to change. Something many of the characters in The Late Greats are trying to avoid.

In Quantrill's smashing début novel, Broken Dreams, Joe Geraghty's investigations allowed him to to dig into the city's past and address its changes- both good and bad.

In this follow up novel, however, Geraghty is forced to look at how people change. How some people grow up,and not always for the better, and others never do.

The Late Greats, is a splendid, character driven piece of social realist storytelling which cements Nick Quantrill's position as a crime writer with something to say.
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Following his highly acclaimed debut novel Broken Dreams he's now released its sequel, The Late Greats, which marks the return of Joe Geraghty, the ex-rugby player turned private investigator from Hull.

New Holland was Hull's most successful band of the 1990s and lured by the prospect of a big payday, and thanks to the machinations of their old manager Kane Major, the band are convinced to reform. One journalist is allowed to chart the progress of the return of the once famous band, and Joe Geraghty is asked to mediate with the writer. What should be a straightforward task soon turns sinister when Greg Tasker, the lead singer of New Holland, goes missing. Now Geraghty feels compelled to find out what happened to him, uncovering a long line of people Tasker had run-ins with. As events surrounding his disappearance turn more and more ominous, Geraghty must put himself in the firing line to uncover the truth.

Joe Geraghty, the seemingly ordinary guy with an extraordinary job, is back. Losing none of the realistic edge to his writing, Quantrill delivers on his outstanding promise shown in Broken Dreams. With the sequel however the focus shifts away from the city of Hull a little bit, and rests more on a storyline that weaves plot strands together.

The sense of character is paramount in this novel, with more details of Geraghty's surrounding cast revealed, giving the reader some tantalising glimpses into possible future stories. The relationship between Geraghty and Julia, the journalist writing the story of the band's comeback, is a very satisfying aspect, with Quantrill's realistic edge running throughout.
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When Joe Geraghty is hired to baby sit pop band New Holland, who are making a come back, he thinks it's going to be a boring and cushy job. He is soon proved wrong and finds himself embroiled in a maelstrom of violence and desperation. He soon discovers that there is much that the bands manager, Kane Major, has kept from him. The case leaves him at odds with his partners Don and Sarah and left out in the cold having to solve the case alone. He also finds himself being followed by some very sinister characters. The threat of violence seems to hang heavy in the air but Geraghty must solve the case due to a promise he makes and an obligation he must fulfil.

The Late Greats is Nick Quantrill's second novel featuring his PI Joe Geraghty. This story like the author's first novel, Broken Dreams, is set against the backdrop of modern day Hull which is Nick's home city. These Private eye stories don't pander to the clichés. They are firmly set in the modern age. They are tightly written, fast flowing and above all believable tales. Nick uses the setting of Hull to great effect using the older and newer parts of the city to flesh out his stories and give them some of the fantastic character of Hull, placing them solidly in a real world scenario. However, he doesn't once use the city as a psychological crutch it is secondary to the story and that's how it should be. Casual references slipped in that sit easy with the plot.

One of the things I like most about Nick's writing is his down to earth approach. He knows how to tell a good story in a very believable fashion. I found the dialogue to be slicker and snappier than in his previous novel. Nick clearly has an eye for detail and it shows in his plot structure.
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