Sam Williams is one of my favourite characters. With a failed legal career behind him, his inner conflicts and attempts to rationalise them are all too plausible. But while he is prone to introspection, his wry, self-deprecating sense of humour differentiates him from the myriad of other gloomy protagonists in the genre.
In this, the second of the series, Sam’s humiliating past comes back to haunt him when the woman who fired him ten years earlier is brutally murdered. To his surprise, her will specifies that he should help with a biography. While in all the circumstances, many people would decline the “bequest”, Sam decides to go ahead, even though it means working with an old enemy from his legal days, plus the murdered woman’s emotionally fragile daughter. The task was never going to be easy, but the horrific truth that unfolds turns everything Sam believed on its head and threatens even his current precarious existence.
As ever, Joel Hames’ writes intelligently and the plot is satisfyingly complex. I particularly enjoyed Sam’s ambivalent relationship with the old work rival and the subplot about his girlfriend’s growing emotional distress. You can read this as a standalone, since the back story is woven skilfully into the narrative, but you’ll probably want to go back and read Dead North afterwards, which is also excellent. Can’t wait for the third in the series!
Sam Williams is a character I’m growing to like more with each book he features in. He has been bequeathed the task of compiling the life story of his ex-boss, the woman who sacked him and who has been murdered. He has to work with an old enemy, and the woman’s daughter. This seems to be a wild goose chase with obstructive police, smarmy bigwigs and a mentally fragile woman. He discovers there have been more murders and then Sam’s girlfriend starts to behave out of character. The story can stand alone, I think, but more will fall into place for the reader who has read Dead North first. There’s so much happening here and it’s all important to the plot. I love the intricacy of these stories. A Sam Williams story is always a guaranteed good read.
Another Joel Hames book that I’ve loved! Great story, so well written, brilliantly drawn characters - kept me up way later than I should have been. Have read all the Sam Williams books now and can’t wait for the next one.
I have had all of Joel’s books and novellas on my kindle for quite a while so I was glad to finally read one! I really struggle to pick from my enormous TBR mountain and it’s great to discover such a fantastic book in there. I am not entirely sure why I haven’t picked one up before; I think I was worried that it wasn’t my type of read. Happy to report I was totally wrong!!
No One Will Hear is Sam Williams #2 and begins within days of where Dead North ended. We have a still bruised and battered Sam returning home to London from Manchester, processing the events that have occurred. This could easily be read as a standalone as the author provides enough information from previous stories but I’d highly recommend you read everything else Joel Hames has written.
There is a darkness to these books (tongue removal anyone?) but humour as well and a nod to a lot of classics. I was torn between being shaken by a murder scene to then chuckling at Sam’s acerbic humour. Sam is one of those character’s you can’t help but love. In No One Will Hear he is bequeathed with writing the memoirs of an old colleague and friend, Elizabeth Maurier, he overcomes the dislike of an arch enemy to get the job done all the while getting drawn into the investigation of her murder. Not only does Sam have memoirs to write and a murder to solve he must deal with Elizabeth’s fragile daughter and his partner Claire who is obviously distracted with her own demons.
This is the first Joel Hames book I’ve picked up and while the story is a continuation from the first in the series I didn’t have any issues with catching up on past events - the author keeps a neat balance of reminding the reader what happened without any tedious repetition. The plot in this one started a little slowly and at the beginning I wasn’t sure I would warm to all the female characters with obvious mental issues and the pretty self-absorbed main character Sam Williams, but once the plot started to thicken it turned into a fast-paced page-turner, with several surprises and unexpected character developments along the way. I ended the book genuinely caring about the whole cast and had to pick up the next one straight away. Great dramatic build-up of sinister suspense and tension, great entertainment!
On leaving Sam at the end of the last book, we found out that his old boss and the person that had been trying to get hold of him throughout his Manchester adventure, had been murdered. Book two continues almost straight away as Sam is summoned to the reading of Elizabeth Maurier's will and is appalled to learn that he has been bequethed the task of working with his old nemesis along with Elizabeth's daughter to compile her memoirs. Getting no sympathy from his girlfriend Claire who pretty much tells him he has nothing better to do, Sam reluctantly goes and meets up with Elizabeth's daughter Lizzy David Brooks-Powell to start work on the memoirs and thats when the can of worms opens!!
If you enjoyed the fast-paced complex Dead North then this is much of the same, if not better. Excellent characters throughout for the most part, but as much as I love Sam, I could happily give him a bloody good shake for not paying more attention to his girlfriend!!
2nd book in this series with Sam Williams and even after a few weeks break it was good to see him again, I liked him and his un conformist ways just as much...his personality and at times insecurities make him a really interesting character to read about and to ‘be in’ a story with This book continues on from ‘Dead North’ but in such a way it can be a stand alone book as what has gone before is explained and so either way the reader is covered The story is again a fast paced thriller which this time involves secrets, cut off body parts, a dying wish and human trafficking ( amongst other things ) all with a largish cast of enticing yet real life characters, brilliantly observed and described, as the author does so well Really enjoyed this book and look forward to Sam’s return ( I may have a little crush 😃 ) seriously though a great second book and real ‘down to the nail’ exciting read
Very different story from the first in the Sam Williams series and every bit as good. Instead of visiting a far away city and being involved with a multitude of murders, almost all the murder and trouble have already happened when you open at page one. All of the characters are easily understood, even those you will eventually dislike. On first look, this is a far simpler story, but investigations have to check over the past and this isn’t as easy as a current enquiry. Mixed with the hidden emotions concerning the lead man’s lady, this text delves deeper than originally expected. I did expect Coleman to be a double agent and, perhaps, a relation of those murdered or involved, but I was entirely wrong! I received a copy of this book in advance of publication and that hasn’t affected my review. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Sam Williams is back again, attending the reading of his former employer's will he is faced with an old colleague and foe, David Brookes-Powell Tasked with creating the memoirs of his former boss is one thing, but having to work alongside his ex colleague is a step too far for Sam who though he does have time he doesn't want to work with Brookes-Powell This is the second book in this series and though I loved the first one, this has stepped up a gear. As a character, Sam is funny and rather quirky with his own way if doing things...I thoroughly enjoyed it and im eagerly waiting for the next