I am delighted to be kicking off The Lighterman blog tour today with my review and a giveaway. Urbane Publications are giving away a paperback copy of The Lighterman to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you would like to win a copy. ***Please note that the giveaway is only open to residents of the UK only*** Ends midnight 8th June 2017
The Lighterman is the third book in the bestselling series of legal thrillers starring barrister Charles Holborne. Simon Michael’s follow up to the bestselling The Brief and An Honest Man, continues the adventures of criminal barrister Charles Holborne.
Gangland leader Ronnie Kray is not a man to forgive or forget. Holborne has ‘taken liberties’ and revenge will follow. But how to get at a tough and resourceful Brief with his own history of criminality and a penchant for violence? The answer: find a man who can’t be hanged twice.
Now Holborne must dig up the secrets of the past to save two lives…one of them his own.
Simon Michael brings the past vividly back to life across a beautifully rendered 60s landscape, and delivers a gripping piece of thriller fiction that will excite any fan of the Britcrime genre.
The Charles Holborne series is without a doubt my favourite series in the legal thriller genre. It’s kind of weird as the fact that it is a legal thriller and set in the sixties are not the sort of thing that would usually appeal to me when choosing a book. Having read the other two books in the series though, I knew I would be in for an entertaining read and I certainly wasn’t wrong.
It was great to catch up with Charles again. His whole cheeky chappy attitude actually reminds me of Michael Caine. Looks wise they are nothing alike but Caine oozes a certain cockiness or self assurance and I found that Charles is the same. He is someone that without a doubt would be a hit with the ladies and in actual fact is.
The story line makes for some really interesting reading. They say you learn something new every day and for me reading this book introduced me to a lighterman and what they do. It’s something I’ve never come across before so I found it fascinating.
Izzy is a character that really stood out for me in this book. There was so much depth to him that I didn’t see coming. He was someone that really tugged on my heart strings and some parts of the story to do with him really make for an emotional read.
As with the other books, the Kray twins make an appearance and not in a good way. The story line to do with them reminded me how cruel and evil both of these men could be. My heart was literally in my mouth at times as to how Charles was going to get out of a predicament he was in.
The Lighterman is a truly riveting read with plenty of thrills. The author has created a really likeable protagonist that will appeal to readers and will have them becoming fans of the series in no time. My only issue is that The Lighterman has left me desperate for more!
My thanks to Urbane Publications for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads 4/5 stars.
The Lighterman is available to purchase from Amazon.