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Shelby Alexander, retired boxer and former fixer, is an unlikely hero living quietly in the unlikely setting of northern Michigan who gets hired to investigate the death of a young woman for her drug dealing family.
This one took a little work to get into because the main character isn’t your typical hero. Once I settled in, twenty pages or so in, Shelby began to grow on me. The well constructed characters, excellent dialogue and the mystery, pulled me reader along to the end of this well done, and chilly (winter in the UP. Brrrrr!!!!) adventure.
An entertaining read that made me want to check out more from this author. I picked up two more full-length Shelby Alexander adventures as soon as I finished reading.
This went in a direction I didn’t see coming from the blurb and the cover art but it was enjoyable and well written. Plus the guy has a lot of other books. If something that reminds me of Jason Bourne fan fiction written by Dean Koontz or Stephen King sounds like something you’d be interested in, check this one out.
Forged in Flames
The main character is a former Royal Marine and a firefighter who’s sucked into a situation involving a person in witness protection, an arsonist and attempted murder. The plot moves along at a good clip throughout this gritty prequel to the series. The author is a retired firefighter, so he provides a nice level of realism.