My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Author Author Inc.Source: Blog Tour
(first published November 30th 2012)
'Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there's another murder on Cutter's Mind. His own.'
January Justice has to be one of the better books I have read this year so far and I am so glad to have joined in as a participant in the tour for this book.
January Justice is your typical mystery/crime book that slowly builds itself up into an intriguing story that I ended up finding hard to put down after I was about halfway through.
The main character is Malcolm Cutter, a chauffeur and part-time private investigator who seems to be a very hard but still fairly interesting person when you first meet him. Gradually, as the story goes on you learn quite a lot about Malcolm's background and what has shaped him to be the person he is today and I really found myself liking him immensely as a lead character by the end. He's tough and headstrong when it's needed but can also be very kind-hearted when necessary as well.
The story is based around Malcolm's struggle with losing his movie star wife a few months earlier and the fact that he gets engaged in a complex investigation to clear up the details of an old kidnapping case. It soon becomes clear that there are people out there who don't want him snooping around old business and will stop at nothing to get him to stop his investigation.
What I loved the most about this book was the complex and intriguing characters it was full to the brim with. No-one was who they seemed and even the humble butler and gardener who live on the same estate with Malcolm end up being more than first meets the eye.
This is the first book I have read by Athol Dickson and certainly won't be my last. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading January Justice and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in mystery or crime novels.
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A master of profound suspense. Athol Dickson's mystery, suspense, and literary novels have won three Christy Awards and an Audie Award. Suspense fans who enjoyed Athol's They Shall See God will love his latest novel, January Justice, the first instalment in a new mystery series called The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs. The second and third novels in the series, Free Fall in February, and A March Murder, are coming in 2013. Critics have favourably compared Athol's work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). Athol lives with his wife in southern California. Please visit his website at www.AtholDickson.com, and like his Facebook fan page. Praise for Athol Dickson's novels: "Atmospheric, well-paced and powerfully imagined . . . a highly entertaining nail-biter." (Publishers Weekly) ". . . richly imagined . . . lyrically written . . . artfully constructed." (Bookwire) ". . . well-written . . . intelligent . . . suspenseful . . . engrossing." (Library Journal) ". . . elegant prose . . . very well written." (The New York Review of Books )
Thank you to Athol Dickson and Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for generously offering this book to me for review. If you'd like to join in on an upcoming tour just stop by their sites and sign up today!