My fourth book, a futuristic detective tale, The Canal, will be free on June 27 and 28, 2012 at Amazon Kindle Books. Australian author Diana Hockley’s 5 star review is below the break.
First of all, I love the illustration on the front of this book. What could a seemingly innocent canal have to do with anything? If you receive a deep sense of forboding from the cover, be assured it’s thoroughly justified, and will persist throughout the book.
When Detective Marie Castaneda innocently looks into the past of an elderly suicide victim, she cannot possibly know what forces she will unleash just by doing her job. I don’t believe in spoilers, so I will concentrate on the characters and the ambience.
The main characters are exquisitely drawn and totally believable, as the helplessness in the face of political correctness destroys lives as easily as a chaff cutter mows down stubble in a paddock. The parallel love affairs are so sensitively and joyfully portrayed, that I applauded where Marie – in essence – extracts revenge for Vaughan’s life and I wept as I read the last few pages, because John Work has produced a plot containing a depth achieved by few authors.
His writing is straightforward. The imagery comes through events which sucked this reader in and made me so angry that I wanted to reach into the “pages” and tear out the throat of officialdom.
A keeper for sure.