#BlogTour #Review ~ Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis @LloydOtisWriter @urbanebooks @annebonnybook

Dead Lands is a thrilling crime story set in the 1970s. When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alexander Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen. When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge. Breck has his suspicions and she wants to keep it from him, and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy. Dead Lands is the thrilling debut of award winning short story writer Lloyd Otis, and intelligently covers issues of race, discrimination and violence in a changing 70s landscape.

Release date 12th October 2017

Amazon UK

About the Author

Lloyd was born in London and attained a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication. After gaining several years of valuable experience within the finance and digital sectors, he completed a course in journalism. Lloyd has interviewed a host of bestselling authors, such as Mark Billingham, Hugh Howey, Kerry Hudson, and Lawrence Block. Two of his short stories were selected for publication in the ‘Out of My Window’ anthology, and he currently works as an Editor.

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My Review

This is the second crime book I have read very recently set in the 1970’s … there is a certain charm and simplicity that I really enjoy. None of the swish technology and communication services we expect these days, just pure hard graft from the coppers.

Set in grimy London, gives it a gritty feel, add in murder, conspiracy, racial tensions and nosy neighbours and you get the makings of a gripping crime thriller.

I enjoyed the atmospheric content, the role of a female police officer in those days was completely unlike present day. The possibility of identity theft, basic clues which need unravelling. The inclusion of the officer’s family life .. all add to the story. DI Breck and DS Kearns each have their own way of doing things, not sure I really liked either of them as ‘people’ but connected on a professional basis admiring their work.

I like the authors approach, the writing style ticks over and the reader isn’t really able to draw many conclusions, it’s a race against time to keep the streets safe. 

Dead Lands is a place of judgement on so many levels, quite eerie to think not much has changed in the intervening years because in some respects it could be set today. A good debut from Lloyd I would definitely take a look at what he does next.

My thanks to the author, publisher for my copy and Abby for inviting me on to the tour. I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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