Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prime Evil by Maynard Sims

(a gripping detective thriller full of suspense)
By Maynard Sims 

A tortured body is found hanging from a tree
DCI Jack Callum leads the investigation into this puzzling crime. The clues lead him tantalisingly close to the answer but without cracking the case. Why was the man killed? What were his links to London gangland bosses?

When an unsolved murder is uncovered that seems to be connected, Jack must use his team to their full strength to separate the innocent from the guilty. Jack also faces a challenge he never expected as he is accused of an improper relationship with a colleague.

You’ll love the period detail and settings of this fast-paced mystery which reaches a sensational climax in the seedy streets of London.

PRIME EVIL is the second in a new series of crime thrillers set in the 1950s, featuring DCI Jack Callum. He’s an ordinary policeman in an ordinary English town. The crimes he investigates are far from ordinary. Jack Callum has a keen mind and is passionate about his job and family. He doesn’t believe in capital punishment but has caught a few villains whose life has come to an end on the gallows.

First, just to let you know this novel is set in the 1950s. I wasn’t aware of that and was out of my element for a while. I love these police/detective thrillers and even though I wasn’t mentally prepared to go back to the 50s, it was an enjoyable ride. Also, this is book 2, in a series. Book 1 is No Evil and you can find it HERE 

This was certainly a different take on the usual cop/killer stories. I really liked that, you get to read so many and eventually they start to blend together. The main character is a happy family man, instead of the usual tortured soul who lives only to catch the bad guys. I liked that, it’s nice to see it as “normal” person kind of thing.

Perhaps most interesting is the way we get transported back to the 1950's with the invention of TV, the treatment of women and the struggle of changes with the sexes, the changes in families and in traditions. It’s completely alien to what we have this day in age. So it’s fun to be transported in another time when life was simpler without modern technology, cell phones, internet, and global television opportunities, the post-war years would be difficult to imagine.

I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Thanks to the author, Joffe Books, and NetGalley who provided the copy.