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Bitten by the writing bug in my early teens, I finally started writing again in 1995 after a lifetime of plausible excuses. Since 2007 I have been writing full time. I'm working on my fourth novel. I live in Ireland under a magnificent copper beech tree with my wife and youngest son.
Marble City Publishing
on Oct. 10, 2011 :
A very enjoyable crime thriller set in Dublin, Ireland. It moves along nicely and becomes a real page-turner when DI Ben Jordan finds himself on everybody's wrong side. The pace doesn't let up, right to the grand finale. Well worth a read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
I've not ever really got into reading crime/detective novels. However, when I got the opportunity to read this one I was pleasantly surprised. Mr. Toner drew me in from page one and couldn't hardly put it down. I couldn't wait to see what bend in the road was coming up next and how Ben Jordan, the main character, was going to deal with it. I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to more Ben Jordan books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
Eye of the Tiger
In 2004, Dublin’s per capita gangland murder rate was triple that of London’s. JJ Toner’s express-paced thriller is set against such a backdrop - the dizzying rise in crime that went hand in paw with the Celtic Tiger. The city’s police force is struggling to deal with the upsurge in criminality, but is hampered by corruption within its own ranks. And for DCI Ben Jordan, it’s starting to get personal.
Readers of crime fiction expect, demand, a decent protagonist. A rounded man with distinctive foibles and talents and - even better – one haunted by his own demons. And Toner delivers. Following Jordan’s path towards a degree of personal salvation is just as satisfying as keeping pace with Toner’s neatly constructed plot, or admiring his formidable gallery of beggars and thieves.
Nicely ironic for the period in which it’s set, the tiger kidnappings that feature so heavily in the story give it something of a thematic whole. But JJ doesn’t press the point or preach. This is a crime novel, after all. We want bad guys doing the unspeakable, and the good fella in the hat riding in to sort the buggers out. And if the action stalls, just cut to the chase. Which Toner invariably and satisfyingly does.
(reviewed the day of purchase)