#BlogTour #Review ~ Shadows by Conrad Jones @ConradJones @Bloodhoundbook #Bloghounds

Suicide. Drugs. Murder.

DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory, on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.

Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?

When an undercover officer goes missing everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to  silence the leak and have their revenge.

As the body count rises Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe…

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About the Author

I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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My Review

OMG what a stonking great read. Shadows by Conrad Jones grips you by the short and curlies and doesn’t let up until you reluctantly put it down at the end. Put aside enough time to read the majority of this in one sitting because your stomach or mind won’t thank you for prolonging the agony of suspense!

This makes no apologies for being a gritty, dark crime thriller. The seedy world of drug pushers, torture, murder, suicide it’s like living in a different world but the reality is this probably does happen …. sheeeesh, give me a dull ordinary life any day, but I confess I was riveted by this.

The writing is blunt and descriptive, it makes for a speedy read simply to find out what happens. I have been missing SO much by not having read any of his other books. I was willing to read and review this one purely because it is published by Bloodhound .. I haven’t had a dud one yet from them and I am grateful they have enlightened me to some fantastic authors and the crime/thriller genre is fast becoming my go-to for entertainment.

In this we have a mix of Russians (baddies) Liverpudlians, Welsh and Irish, can DI Braddick sort this muddle out!?

Thoroughly enjoyed this and have no hesitation recommending Shadows .. now excuse me while I head to download some more by Conrad Jones! 

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