Martin lives in the Yorkshire Dales and Madrid - another poor boy who grew up smart enough to make money, dumb enough to blow it (on failed marriages to good women) and lucky enough to get a decent living from corporate law; ending up somehow with a great family spread far and wide, a stack of old cycle racing injuries, and a cluster of real and imagined stories that insist on being told.
Julian Bowen is young, good looking but not so wealthy as he seems. When he meets a moneylender who's making fat profits from his friends' excesses, Julian sees a chance to wipe out his mounting debts and make a new start; but his plan leaves a group of innocent tourists in deadly danger in the middle of Africa; and meanwhile there are some people in London who want more than their money back
on Feb. 13, 2013
well written, tidy story. Some hack characters, but we are in a UK version of Raymond Chandler world so that is normal. I liked that the investigator had assistants and the relationship with them could develop with the series. Narrator´s voice occasionally slips between jocular and neutral and sometimes moves from action to physical description and back again in a paragraph, which makes gears clash a little, but otherwise runs smoothly.
Death Ray Butterfly
on Feb. 20, 2013
great cover, great title. a downhill race of a story that grabs your attention and keeps on grabbing it. In the tradition of Douglas Adams and occasionally reminiscent of the great Flann O'Brien. I came to the end interested to discover more substantial works by this author
on Sep. 03, 2013
this is an ambitious book, by a writer who is more successful than many of our critically acclaimed authors in addressing serious issues whilst keeping us turning the pages, eager to know what happens next. There's humour, interesting characters and an engaging plot; all carried off with some style. Entertaining as well as challenging, it's a story that deserves to be read by anyone who ever feels concern about our age of advancing unreason.
Prometheus Fit To Be Tied
on Jan. 26, 2014
If we say that Atticus Finch meets Gatsby in a tale told by L. Frank Baum, it's not to decry the originality of this book, but only to give the reader some idea of what they are in for. There's a sly beguiling slant to the highly entertaining narrative - when you look back, you find you've ended in a different place to where the story seemed to be headed. Deserves a wider audience and makes this reader pleased to discover there are a number of other titles by Mr Hawkins available.