I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Bloodhound Books for gifting me an early copy of OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES. I am forever grateful and and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.
But it wasn’t a stranger.
Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.
Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.
Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.
There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.
So, you want to know what I think?
Firstly, all of the reviews I have read recommending to read the first book in the series – I would take that advice! Don’t get me wrong, OFANE can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, but as with most series, you can sometimes lose that important back story for the characters involved (which I personally as a reader find it frustrating!)
The first thing I enjoyed about this book is the setting! I don’t read enough books set in Scotland – the majority seem to be London/South of England based. After reading the detail in which Mullen goes into to set the scenes, it makes me want to head up to Glasgow to search these places out! It’s given a gritty, dark, feel. The kind of place where happiness is hard to come by.
OFANE is fast paced and certainly not a bore to read. I was kept glued to each page throughout. I do like reading about gangsters and how far they go to keep up appearances – mainly because it is so true of many groups around the world where torture, extortion and murder are part of the daily routine.
The dynamic between the two Rafferty brothers is great. Two brothers on the same side of the law (that being the wrong side), both with their own ambitions. For Jimmy, it had always been about money. For Sean, it was his chance to make a stand and take over the firm. Mullen writes about the brothers and the situations they get into as if he were once part of this world himself due to the level of detail in which he writes! As a reader, you are unable to look away and put the book down, your eyes are fixated on the words.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES and I am certainly excited to see what is next for Charlie!
About OWEN MULLEN;
When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs.
Mullen returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.
OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;
Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2lYMVK
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