By Kerry Wilkinson
Published by Pan (22 October 2015)
'I'm going to do you a favour: I'm going to tell you my name and then I'm going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we're going to have a problem'.
Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea.
But Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy - salvation.
I have enjoyed Kerry Wilkinson books in the past, so was looking forward to reading another one of his books, expecting yet another brilliant read. And Down Among The Dead Men certainly hit the target for me, although it's very different from his Jessica Daniels series.
You first meet Jason as a young boy. He's escaping from a group of thugs and is rescued by crime boss Harry Irwell. The book then switches between past and present, as you learn more about Jason's background and his current situation. I wondered how his life would have been different if Harry hadn't rescued him that day.
Jason lives with his alcoholic mother and a deadbeat brother. He earns his money in Manchester's underworld, doing jobs for Harry that no one else wants. Robberies and crime are second nature to him. But he also dreams of a better life. So when a mysterious woman offers him a way out, he knows he would be a fool to turn it down.
Down Among The Dead Men was really easy to get into and intrigued me from the start. It's written at a steady place and has some believable and interesting characters, with some great twists and turns. I read it in a couple of hours.
I was fortunate to receive an Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.