Dead End Street by Trevor Wood

Thank you to Quercus Books for a digital review copy of Dead End Street by Trevor Wood via NetGalley. This is the third book in the Jimmy Mullen series. My reviews for the first two books can be read at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/09/25/the-man-on-the-street-by-trevor-wood/ and https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/10/26/one-way-street-by-trevor-wood/ Today I’m sharing a mini non spoiler review. One Way Street is just 99p as a kindle monthly deal at the moment.

Synopsis:

The third and final gritty Newcastle-set crime thriller in this acclaimed trilogy about a PTSD-suffering veteran turned sleuth in the face of local villainy. It follows two highly praised titles, The Man on the Street which won the CWA New Blood Dagger, and One Way Street.  

A group of vigilantes are carrying out a campaign of harassment against the homeless, hounding them both verbally and physically to get them off the streets. Jimmy Mullen is approached by his friend Gadge, who wants to confront the people behind it but Jimmy has finally got his life back on track. He’s working at a hostel for 18 to 25-year-olds and he’s reluctant to get involved in anything dodgy. 

Gadge decides to go it alone but is attacked by two of the vigilantes. The police find him unconscious in an alley, covered in blood. Problem is, there’s a dead body in the alley too and it’s his blood that Gadge is covered in. He’s also got the murder weapon in his hand.

Convinced that Gadge has been set up, and feeling guilty that he didn’t back him up in the first place, Jimmy returns to the streets to try and find out who’s behind his friend’s difficulties. Unfortunately, he’s about to discover that Gadge has a lot of enemies to choose from.

My thoughts:

Thank you to Trevor Wood for allowing this reader to have a virtual return to Newcastle to catch up with Jimmy Mullen, Gadge, Deano and Dog. Having found out the back story for Jimmy and Deano in the previous two books, now we find out why Gadge ended up homeless.

Jimmy finds himself drawn back into investigations, despite the dangers, when Gadge is accused of murder. Can ‘Sherlock Homeless’ solve the case when the police can’t? Can he avoid breaking his probation rules and avoid being hurt by local criminals?

I’m not going to spoil the story by answering my own questions, but I am going to recommend this book. The book is much darker than many of the other books I’ve read this month, but the story was one I stayed up late into the night to read, desperate to know what would happen to Gadge. The book is full of tension, secrets, danger, heartbreak, friendship, family, humour and excellent writing.

Author Bio (from Amazon):

Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for 25 years and considers himself an adopted Geordie, though he still can’t speak the language. He’s a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for 16 years joining, presciently, as a Writer. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA.

His first novel, The Man on the Street, won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, the Crimefest Specsavers Best Crime Debut Award and has been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His second, One Way Street, is now out in hardback, e-book and audiobook. He is represented by Oli Munson at AM Heath.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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