Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children.
As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.
With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI is invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation.
When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?
When I read the first book in the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith, 'Watching the Bodies', I thought it was brilliant. It was such a gripping, entertaining read I remember I couldn't wait for the next one to be published. So I was over the moon when I was offered an ARC of 'The Kindred Killers' to read and review. Now that I have finished it, I can only say OMG! What an adrenaline-pumping ride!
Our hero, Jake Boulder, bouncer at The Tree club in the quiet town of Casperton, in Utah, is approached by his close friend and private detective Alfonse to help him solve the mysterious disappearance of his cousin Darryl and his family. An entire family seems to have vanished into thin air. Unfortunately, rather than fortunately, it's not long till the mystery is solved. Four charred wooden crosses are found tied to a tree in a remote area. Nailed to the crosses, the blackened twisted remains of the four family members. It's evident that these poor souls suffered a slow, terrifying, painful death. But why? Who would do such an atrocious thing? Was the family specifically targeted? Or was it just a random attack? This deed bears all the hallmarks of a hate crime.
The town is gripped by fear, and Casperton's detective squad consists of just a bunch of incompetent idiots, so the Chief of police has no option but to seek Jake's assistance if he is to solve this crime. Jake is determined to find whoever did this and punish them. But this will prove to be far from an open-and-shut case. Sadly, the crucifixions are just the beginning. Casperton is soon plagued by a spate of other horrible hate crimes, one more gruesome than the next. Who is behind all this devastation? Why are they doing it? And why have they targeted the people of Casperton?
Well, this is one book I enjoyed and will not forget for a very long time. Once again Mr Smith has kept me captive, glued to my kindle and swiping furiously page after page, desperate to find out what happens next. Though second in the series, 'The Kindred Killers' can very well be read as a standalone. As for the first book, I liked the general feel and small American town setting of the book which the author captures brilliantly. In this book, the author tackles series sensitive topics like intolerance to minorities and racism.
The prose is crisp and articulate and all characters and dialogues realistic. Jake Boulder is such an interesting character. He's not a cop, nor an investigator, but he's canny, strong, fearless and determined, (that is, when not drunk or being told off by his mum, haha!). In this book someone has come to town making enquiries about Jake. Who is this person? What do they want?
The plot is fast-paced and suspenseful with non-stop action. The murders are very gruesome, but thankfully the author spares us the finest, most gory details. Even so, they still made me gasp, wince and heave as I pictured what the victims went through in their final moments. This author certainly knows how to shock, stimulate and provoke the reader and stir their emotions.
I really enjoyed this thrilling, hair-raising ride and I'm already looking forward to the next Jake Boulder adventure. Highly recommended!
With thanks to Bloodhound Books for an ARC of this book and to Ms Sarah Hardy for organising and involving me in the blog tour.
A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.