If you missed Hope Road, here's a couple of reasons to go and read it now:
A gripping read... A fascinating study in dark and evil... The stuff of Great British grit and dark, dark humour … 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 McDermid or a Rankin. Crimefictionlover.com
Barlow throws in plenty of twists... he spins the yarn in fast-paced, very readable prose. He also does a good job with the setting, the English city of Leeds, and made me feel like I'd been there. HOPE ROAD is a fine novel, the first in a series, and I look forward to reading the others.
How would you describe FATHER AND SON?
It’s about a man who tries to find the killer of an old family friend. But as he delves into the man’s past, events spiral out of control. It’s a crime thriller with some elements of a police procedural, and deals with both the aftermath of former crimes and a new wave of terror that hits the investigation.
Who is John Ray?
John Ray is the son of Antonio ‘Tiny’ Ray, a local crime boss in Leeds (northern England). Tony Ray is Spanish, and arrived in the UK in the 60s. He built up a thriving business in fake/stolen goods and counterfeit money. John is the ‘white sheep’ of the family; he always refused to join the family business, but he’s a bit of a maverick and events have a habit of drawing him back into the world of crime.
Who’s your favourite character in FATHER AND SON?
There’s a secondary character called John Steele that I have grown to like. He’s a police detective, and he hates John Ray (the main character in the book, and quite a charismatic figure). Steele has a relatively minor role in the book, but I think his presence adds a good dynamic to the investigation, which is both a police investigation and a separate one carried out by John Ray. Steele is a bit of a thug, but he’s smart and he hates criminals. I reckon he might crop up again in Book #3.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m researching the background to Book #3 in the John Ray series. I’m also just finishing up on a collaborative novel that has taken six years to write (!) and also finishing a ghost-written novel for someone else. If I can get all that done by July I’m going to take a few weeks off...
Who designed this cover?
Start Bache. He does the latest editions of Stephen King’s books in the UK. I think he’s great.
Where can your readers stalk you?
Mailing list: email@example.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/john.barlow.319
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/JohnBarlow
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