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5 December 2014

Fallen on Good Times
Rewan Tremethick
Paddy's Daddy Publishing LTD
Publication Date
May 2014
Paranormal, Detective


America, 1920. The city of Pilgrim's Wane. The people on the street can be dangerous, the ones in the shadows even more so. Private Detective Laslo Kane is giving up. But then a brutal murder drives a terrified investor to offer Laslo a life-changing sum of money to solve the case.

The fee could set Laslo up for the rest of his life, assuming he still has one when he's finished going up against the most dangerous crime family in the city.

My review:  

I enjoyed this quick and quirky read. And with only 188 pages, it's quick and ideal for a commuter read.

Laslo Kane is your arch-typical private detective and I could picture him perfectly from old detective movies. Broke, girlfriend left him and he is still longing for her. He is not a very successful detective and has to take on almost any job. And there is a special twist with Laslo, as he finds he is more successful when investigating crimes with a supernatural twist in his home town. Werewolves, vampires and other strange creates are at work. 

But Laslo's luck is about to change. He seemingly rich client Darius asks him to investigate a bank robbery. But the bank robbers don't steal money - they put money into his account. Who are they, and, of course, why would they do this? The fee Darius offers him is a lot of money which would sort out most of Laslo's problems.  Laslo get's to work with the help of his journalist friend. He quickly finds out that the local crime lord and mob is involved. And than the mob makes him the proverbial 'offer he can't refuse". Can Laslo take on the mob or does he even want to? And than his ex girlfriend Kitty get's involved. 

The story certainly moves quickly, and as it is not a very long book, it certainly has to. There is no time for boring passages, and I like that in a book. I like both the characters of Laslo and Kitty. Laslo has a very dry sense of humour and as the narrator of the story, this is very nicely executed. Even more interesting where some of Laslo's contacts in the spirit world which were like good friends to him and I had the feeling that I would like to have friends like these! But with Darius I kept thinking there must be more to him than just Laslo's client, and was waiting for a follow up story on him. I understand that there may be more books based in the town of Pilgrim's Wane, so there may be more to come. The story certainly leaves room for more. 

For a quick read, you can't go wrong with this quirky story. I had to look up a few of the old 1920's gangster slang words but as someone with an interest in language I found this particularly entertaining and interesting and with a Kindle, researching words is quite easy. As most of the paranormal stories on the market now are pure romance, I thought a detective story with a  paranormal angle adds a nice new twist to both genres. 

About the author:  

Rewan (not pronounced 'Rowan') Tremethick is a British author who was named after a saint. St Ruan was invulnerable to wolves; Rewan isn't. Rewan is a fan of clever plots, strong woman who don't have to be described using words like 'feisty', and epic music. He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, radio presenting, and writing sentences without trying to make a joke. He balances his desire to write something meaningful by wearing extremely tight jeans.