Publisher: Bloodhound Books
When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.
As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive. But who will it be?
I’m so pleased to be closing down the North American leg of the Watching the Bodies tour!
I’ve seen Smith’s work highly praised by my U.K. blogger buddies many times in the past, so when I heard he was releasing the first book in a new series set in the US, I knew I had to get involved! Jake Boulder is one hell of a lead character and he has such a strong, distinct voice along with a unique viewpoint that really intrigues me.
Jake isn’t a detective or a PI nor does he have any real connection to law enforcement, he’s a bouncer with a temper that he tries to control, try being the key word. His best friend is a PI and asks for his help when he’s hired by the father of a young woman who was murdered as he has little faith in the local police, which is totally justified. I always like a fresh POV in any crime novel and this provided that totally. It kind of reminded me of Owen Mullen’s Charlie Cameron series in a way. They both have an easy writing style that absorbs me, yet they still manage to create tension and pulse pounding moments.
The case itself was so interesting, a serial killer is escalating and the bodies are piling up way faster than the incompetent detectives in town can handle. His methods and motivations are so complex, I wish I could say more, but half the fun of this book was discovering all the plot intricacies. Smith inserts chapters from the killers perspective and those never fail to chill me to the bone. I’m very impressed by the direction this series seems to be heading and I can’t wait for book two!
Overall rating: 4/5
About the Author:
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and one book, WATCHING THE BODIES in a new series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.