Author – Tom Trott.
Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.
As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.
My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.
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Pages – 430
The Blurb –
From No.1 Private Detective to No.1 Suspect
A cryptic message from an old friend leads Joe Grabarz to an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of the South Downs. But Joe is too late, someone else has got there first: his friend is dead, and all the evidence points to him.
Ten years ago the farmhouse was the scene of three infamous murders when a young boy killed his mother, father, and little sister. Now an adult, he was released from prison with a new identity. Could he be involved? The farmhouse also sits on valuable land, fought over in a struggle between building houses and drilling for shale gas. But could it really be worth killing for? Whatever is going on, Joe knows one thing for sure: his friend’s murder is just a tiny part of it.
To bring the killer to justice Joe must dig up the past, and reckon with his own, because no matter how hard you work, it never goes away.
Today is my stop on the It Never Goes Away blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review.
My thoughts – Another excellent book by Tom Trott. I really love Joe and I hope this isn’t the end. Fingers crossed.
Like I said in my previous review, all the books can be read as stand alones but I highly recommend you read them all. You can read my reviews for them: You Can’t Buy Old Friends and Choose Your Parents Wisely.
This book sees Joe trying to catch the killer of an old friend, which means him looking into a closed case, that of a ten year boy that killed all of his family with a shotgun. Although the ten year old boy confessed, something doesn’t feel right to Joe, so in true Joe style he keeps digging.
However as always someone doesn’t like his investigations and he quickly becomes a prime suspect in his friends murder, forcing him to go on the run. It is only his gut and tenacity that will keep him out of custody and one step ahead of the real killer.
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