Saturday, 13 January 2018

Book Review: Dead Man Walking by Derek Rutherford

The authorities warned Jim Jackson that if ever set foot in Texas again then he wouldn't get out alive. But Jim is back. Searching for information about old friends incarcerated in the cruel Texas penal system, with intentions to bust them out of wherever they are. When Jim foils a train robbery, he's suddenly a hero and a hunted man. The death toll rises as Jim attempts to outrun both the authorities and the friends of the train robbers he killed. Meanwhile, there's still a prison break to engineer. And there's also the matter of the beautiful and enigmatic Rosalie Robertson?

Being a fan of Derek Rutherford's writing and having read Dead Man's Eyes (review here), I was very keen to read this one which is the second instalment in, what I believe, is a trilogy. However, if you haven't read the first book, don't worry. This, I feel, would work equally well as a standalone. No detail is missed whilst getting to know the characters, new and old, and there are no spoilers.

The story is told from several points of view to enable all the elements of what is a fairly complex storyline to come together for a satisfying finale. Although I could guess (a writer's mind, probably) where it was going and how it would end, the way the story was delivered gave me full enjoyment and satisfaction. The action was evenly paced and although traumatic in places, was superbly written without the need for graphic, bloody descriptions.

All in all, an intelligent story, well written and highly recommended. Once again, I am left wishing the next book was already available.

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