I spent my teen years reading crime fiction set in America, same as with TV. Shows. Recently] I’ve discovered a whole Culture of British crime Fiction. Day of the Dead by Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby takes me back to my American Crime Fiction roots.
About Day of the Dead
Anthony ‘Angel’ Angelina has just been released from prison. He immediately sets about building his empire, but his double-crossing has meant he has made some very dangerous enemies.
His long-suffering girlfriend, Sara, is grappling with her conscience and pays the ultimate price.
Gritty L.A. cops Tom Stone and Jake Sharpe find themselves once again chasing Angel’s Trail of destruction but does the situation spell trouble for Stone’s relationship, criminal attorney, Alisha Davidson.
The bodies keep piling up as Angel carries on with his plans but who will come out on top?
Will the cops arrest their suspect?
Will the small-time drug dealer hit the big time before he gets caught?
And will the drug cartel recover their Stolen stock?
It was hard returning to American Crime Fiction when I’ve enjoyed the British counterpart so much.
I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it very much but,
I am happy to admit that I was wrong.
It was gritty and had enough substance to be a great read.
The characters, Tom Stone and Jake Sharpe, are good, well-rounded characters who don’t always play by the rules but get the right results.
I loved the relationship between Stone and his girlfriend, Alisha, who also happens to be Angel’s defence attorney. The dynamics of them being on opposing sides added some extra tension to the story.
Even though I didn’t enjoy the book initially,
I found myself intrigued and engrossed towards the end. (And I wanted Angel to come out on top as a bit of a twist- I feel he isn’t a bad guy deep down, despite his actions.
If you fancy reading any of the Tom Stone Detective Stories you can buy them on Amazon using the following links:
About Don Simkovich
Don returned to his love for writing fiction after years of writing and narrating a radio spot series, marketing copy, and handling the pressures of a wild and crazy family life.
Frequent calls to the local Sheriff’s office, plus the intensity of handling teen alcoholism and teen pregnancy pressed stories from his mind like Earth’s weighty layers turn shale into harvestable fuel.
Well, you get the picture.
Don has fine-tuned his craft writing romance to crime fiction and the recent Tom Stone detective stories.
He lives at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains with his family, two dogs, and anyone else who happens to drop by and live for a spell.
About Lon Casler Bixby
Award-winning photographer, writer, filmmaker, traveller who also thrives on digging deeply into characters and their adventures and mishaps. Lon’s thrilled to see happy endings emerge from chaos.