The Docks

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Harry's in over his head. One person holds all the answers. Unfortunately Harry killed him last night.

Murder, manslaughter or self-defense? All Harry knows is that what he remembers doesn't match what the police are finding out - and if he can't find the truth first he'll be going back to jail for life. More

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About V.H. Folland

Interested in aircraft from a young age (including a notable school trip to Kew where most children looked at the plants while one was watching the Heathrow flightpath) VH Folland has worked in consultancy for sectors including the media, engineering and information.

My first novel, Fire Season, is now available in paperback and ebook worldwide, published by Ragged Angel Ltd. The Docks, a smaller crime novellette, followed in 2011 with its sequel, Conflict of Interest.

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Review by: Katy Sozaeva on April 06, 2012 : star star star star star
Book Info: Genre: Thriller short Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Harry's in more trouble than he knows, and he knows he's in a lot.

His freedom depends on covering his tracks, and uncovering the truth before the police do. One person holds all the pieces. Unfortunately Harry killed him last night.

Murder, manslaughter or self-defence? When Harry agreed to a light spot of arson, he didn't know what was really planned. Then the bomb went off. Now he's confessed to burglary, could be on the hook for murder and is desperately trying to dodge a terrorism charge. On his side, a bunch of crooks and the solicitor he's dubbed Ms. Pitbull. Against him are his former accomplices, the police, and the inspector who sent him down for ten years.

My Thoughts: I am seriously impressed at how much story this writer packed into so few pages. Fast-paced but detailed, providing background and character development, this was a great little action thriller that I can highly recommend to fans of the genre. I will note that the author consistently used “passed” when “past” was called for, but that was a minor annoyance in a majorly good story. I’ll be checking out additional books by this author to pick up in the future
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cassie on Aug. 29, 2011 : star star star star
The Docks
By: V.H. Folland
ASIN: B0051BU0B2
Published May 14, 2011 by Ragged Angel Ltd
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

The Docks is a short crime novella about Harry, a recently released convict who is struggling to stay on the straight and narrow. When Harry agrees to a small act of arson, he quickly learns there’s more to the plan than he was told. When he takes drastic measures to rescue innocent lives, taking one not-so-innocent life in the process, he finds himself neck deep in trouble. He has to confess to burglary and acting in self-defense but is trying to avoid murder and terrorism charges. Harry quickly must learn who is on his side and who might still be out to get him before he finds himself behind bars once again.

I really enjoyed this quick read. Despite his sordid past, Harry is a truly likable character. He obviously has some heart, saving the ship’s crew like he did and putting himself at risk of returning to prison. So he has to skirt the truth a bit to maintain his freedom and start rebuilding his good name—can you really blame him?

Folland’s writing style is easy to follow, and I completely felt I was part of the action throughout the whole story. You know I’ve said it before, this sort of crime drama is not really my thing, but I’m finding I enjoy it just fine every now and then, especially when it is written as well as this. For such a short book, it is really fleshed out like a full novel, which obviously takes some writing skill!

I definitely recommend The Docks for a fast, entertaining read! How else can you get a glimpse into a life of crime without ever having to pay a lawyer or wear an orange jumpsuit?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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