Standstill by J.A. Marley @Bloodhoundbook @jamarleybooks


Book Description:

Even the deadliest criminals leave a trail…

When a psychotic policeman drags the young, ambitious thief, Danny Felix out of bed, he could not imagine he was about to be plunged into the robbery of a lifetime. 

Corruption and coercion follow the corrupt Detective Inspector Harkness everywhere he goes and now he has Danny just where he wants him. 

But Harkness isn’t the only officer with Danny in his sights. Christine Chance is getting closer to him while doing her best to be a mother to her seriously ill daughter. 

Can Danny escape Harkness with his life intact? Can he avoid detection by Chance? 
And does he have what it takes to use the streets of modern-day London to pull off the theft of the 21st Century? 

Danny thinks he can…but there will be bloodshed. 

My Thoughts:

What an exciting debut novel this is.

Danny is one of those cheeky rogues that you just can’t help but fall that little bit in love with. You know you should probably steer well clear but there’s just something about him that grabs your attention and before you know it, he’s hooked you. I did feel a bit sorry for him even though he does tend to spend a lot of time on the wrong side of the law but he does have a big heart.

Christine Chance has a lot going on in her personal life. As heart breaking as it was to read of her terminally sick daughter, the author gets the balance perfect so that the reader feels enough emotion without it detracting from the main story line. I had to give her credit for her out look on life. She tries her best not to let her daughters illness get in the way of her work. Her daughter is very proud of who she is and what she does and in a way I think that puts more pressure on her to solve the case.

Harkness is one very nasty individual but a story like this you need a baddy you can really hate and that has you routing for the police to bring him down. I was nearly jumping up and down by the end of the book as the build up of tension was just electric!

Standstill is a brilliantly gripping debut novel. It is fast paced and will have the adrenaline pumping through your body. I so hope we haven’t seen the last of Danny and Chance as would love to see more of them in the future.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Standstill is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)

John Marley, 27April2016, photographer Bronac McNeill



John A. Marley’s writing career started with a poem about two brothers who both liked sausages…their names were Butch and Dutch and his Primary School teacher Mr. Murray liked it so much it made the main noticeboard at the entrance to Holy Child Primary School in West Belfast.  A little older but none the wiser, he ended up as a film journalist in his native Northern Ireland, contributing to local newspapers, BBC Radio Ulster and latterly writing as the main film critic for the glossy magazine, Northern Woman.

John’s love of good stories came from the Irish predilection for telling a good yarn and the fact that there was nothing quite like sneaking away his Dad’s battered paperbacks to read even though he knew they were meant for adults and not kids. And so pulp fiction such as The Edge Westerns by George G. Gilman, the adventure novels of Alistair MacLean and the thrillers of Jack Higgins all served to whet his appetite for a good story told at pace.

These days, his reading tastes still focus on thrills, spills and good plot and he can’t walk by a James Lee Burke or an Elmore Leonard without pausing to read a few pages…even if it is in a busy bookshop.


John A. Marley is also a TV producer with a proven track record in creating and producing distinctive, original entertainment and factual programming and formats for both a UK and international audience. His eclectic portfolio of high-profile shows include Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF, Britain’s Flying Past, Staraoke, Best of Friends, Skatoony, Noel’s House Party, Through the Keyhole, SMTV:Live/CD:UK, How Euro Are You? and live coverage of “The Oscars” with Barry Norman.

John runs his own production company Archie Productions which he launched in 2008. Prior to setting up his own indie, John enjoyed a wide and varied career in television with creative roles at Talent Television, Planet 24, Carlton Television and Walt Disney UK. John’s broadcast media career started in his native Northern Ireland as a radio host.




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