A gripping read... A fascinating study in dark and evil... The stuff of Great British grit and dark, dark humour … Barlow provides plenty of twists and turns before the truth is revealed. But what is most enjoyable about Barlow's writing isn't his story archs or plotting, but his characters, dialogue and sense of place... Beautifully cinematic… far more cinematic than a Mc...more
The book starts with the murder of a prostitute, and twists and turns until we find out who the girl actually is, and the complicated story of how she came to die. There are a number of different things going on ...more
A quirky yet enchanting tale of the son who got out of the family business. John Ray spent his life trying to get out from underneath the "cloud" of his family name. When his good friend and protege ends up in jail John will do whatever is necessary to prove his innocence. A well written mystery with fascinating characters. Great plot with a lot of twists and turns. ...more
I selected this book because reading the description appealed toe. I'm always looking for new authors to read and new characters to learn about and new series to begin. This was a very fast read because it was full of action and the story didn't drag on. I can't wait to read the next two books in the series. ...more
John Barlow, the author of Hope Road, writes the odd post for Indies Unlimited, and I must have enjoyed those posts, because when I stumbled across his name in the Amazon 'readers who bought X also bought Y' list, a little light bulb went off in my head.
Needless to say I bought Hope Road, and read it. What the theory did no ...more
Tony Ray is a son of a huge crime boss. He on the other hand was on the straight and narrow. Got great grades in high school then moved onto college were he continued his straight a mark. Then one day he watched his brother get shot in the head by a bunch of thugs things started ...more
John Ray is a great hero. He's rather charming without being sleazy, he's popular and confident but without being obnoxiously arrogant. His background is interesting: how do you get away from the stigma of being part of a notorious crime family? I ...more
John tried to escape. He went to Cambridge and took jobs out of Leeds until his father's stroke brought him home to help his brother decide what to do with the family's used car business on Hope Road, a business that fronts for various criminal activities.
As they discuss options, an unk ...more
Denise and John's relationship adds a furth ...more
I was son lost in the world of John Ray, son of crime boss Tony Ray, and the, I guess you would call him the white sheep of the family. He'd been through college, brilliantly, and had an accountant's degree.
He had come home after his brother was murdered and his father had had ...more
John went back for a visit and while standing in the dealership with his dad and brother, his brother was shot and died. His dad was old and was put into a nursing home. John s ...more
One morning, a young woman is found dead in the trunk of a car that tracks back to the dealership, and John's life turns upside down. His friend and employee is nabbed for the murder and John m ...more
It read easy a few grammatical errors but this is more to do with quality control than errors by the author.
Would recommend this to readers of crime who want a decent story but who do not want to take notes in order to understand what is going on. You get a feel for the characters and can begin to picture them in your mind.
Who would have thought that an American could be blindsided often throughout a novel due to British slang? It made me wonder how difficult some of our contemporary novels might be for the British to read. I had fun, though, guessing what the slang words and expressions might mean.
Other than that, I found the book to be suspenseful and well written. The characters were believable!e and well developed,
The fifth star was lost for me by problems I had with believing the interaction between two characters (John and Lanny) and the denouement. Both of the lads seemed to fall out of character on the occasions they confronted each other.
Nevertheless, hioghly recommended and I'll definitely be reading more John Barlow.
Not going to offer a summary of the story. I'll just say it's entertaining and worth a read. A few typos, but overall a readable book.
The story line of Tony Ray and family reminded me somewhat of "The Godfather" movies. John Ray, the prodigal son, coming back home to run a legitimate business drew me in. Connie's character was a good inclusion. ...more
His current project is the Joe Romano crime thriller series. The first novel, RIGHT TO KILL, is out in the UK with HQ/HarperCollins on June 24th, 2021.
John was born in Wes ...more