Author – Tom Trott
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
228 Amazon Pages (70,000 words?)
Rating 4 stars our of 5 Posted
You Can't Make Old Friends was somewhat disappointing because the plot has potential the author didn't achieve.
The story is set in Brighton, England and paints a dreary picture of the city, its people and the area.
Private Detective Joe Grabarz has been blackballed from working with the police department for a serious action he committed. That eliminated his prime source of business referrals. Joe is a troubled man with no family, few friends and no money. One of his friends is George, a policeman who isn't supposed to have anything to do with him. Joe is surprised when George calls and tells him to get to the beach. A body has washed ashore and Joe is soon the only person to know the corpus's identity. The murdered dead man was at one time Joe's best friend, but they'd drifted apart many years past.
Much time is spent on Joe's personal demons gathered during his sordid life.
The editing and sentence structure are good.
What's not good:
Several action scenes just happen without details to round out the visual scene and leaves the reader to wonder how that happened. You’ll have to insert the logical steps the action would have taken.
At the end, there was no mention of George when he should have been dealt with.
The basic plot is interesting but then the writer loads the story with travel guide information about Brighton and its history, most of which has little bearing on the central story. The story was enjoyable, but I can’t recommend it highly.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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