Review: Hope Road by John Barlow

Title: Hope Road (LS9 #1)
Author: John Barlow
Published: December 13, 2011
Genre: Crime
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:
John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio 'Tony' Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father's criminal world. But what does that world want with him?

My thoughts:
John Ray, the youngest son of Crime Boss Antonio Ray, is the "straight one" of the family.  He has taken over the family business, Tony Ray's Motors, a car showroom on the back streets of Leeds.
Life seems good for John Ray.  He has won the "Auto Trader Used Car Dealership of the Year" Yorkshire Region award.  He has a beautiful girlfriend, Denise Danson, who is a Detective Constable at West Yorkshire Police, CID Division.
When a body of a young woman is found in the trunk of a Ford Mondeo belonging to John, with $40,000 in counterfeit monies and his business card, suspicion falls on John Ray until DC Danson becomes his alibi.
Owen Metcalfe (everyone calls him Freddy) is arrested on suspicion of murder after a video surfaces showing him to be the last to see the dead woman.  John knows Freddy is not a killer; he's not the type.  Now he has to prove it to the police and find the killer before time runs out.

This book was fantastic!!  John Barlow has captured the dark side of the world of crime.  The characters are three dimensional.  Plenty of fast paced, edge of your seat action, and a plot twist or two when you least expect it.  I didn't want to put the book down, but when I had to my thoughts drifted back to Hope Road. A wonderful who-done-it!!

This book could be made into a movie that I would go see.  Well done John Barlow!!  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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