As a huge fan of Grant Fletcher, I’m delighted to be taking part in the Books on Tour event for John Ryder’s Third Kill, the 3rd in the Grant Fletcher series. And I’m totally buzzing to be closing off the tour alongside Claire of A Knight’s Reads!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
In a city of sinners, a killer is hunting…
Las Vegas, Nevada: a killer is on the hunt.
When the two of the city’s crime bosses are found brutally murdered within days of each other, the fragile balance of Sin City threatens to collapse. It’s exactly what the killer wants…
But there is one thing this killer hasn’t counted on…
Grant Fletcher has been sent to Vegas by a shady government agency. He has one job: find the killer, and stop them before more people die. Stop them, by any means.
Would you send a desperate man to find a vigilante killer?
It looks like a dangerous gamble. But what neither the killer—nor the government agency—know is that the odds are never good unless you’ve got Fletcher on your side.
John Ryder kicks off Third Kill with one hell of a bang as we are introduced to a character who seems hellbent on proving that the female is most definitely more deadly than the male!
Enter The Mantis! And what a vision that name conjures up; a vision that remained with me throughout the book and most definitely did not disappoint! This is probably one of my favourite character names of all times!
John Ryder then swiftly moves us to a scene of domestic bliss; Fletcher is chilling at home with his daughter Wendy when there’s an unexpected knock at the door. When he opens it to Quadrado, we have all the clues that we need! The water is just about to get very hot for Grant Fletcher and if you have read any of this author’s books before, you know that he just loves to put his characters through the mill and boy does he do that big time!
Third Kill gives you all the action fixes you could ever ask for. It is such a visual read and it just begs to be up there on screen. Having been to Vegas before I was able to picture the story play out right before my eyes. The setting for this one is sublime, I loved the scenes in the Casinos; the author has really captured the atmosphere perfectly; you don’t need to have visited Vegas to see the movie play out in your head.
Fletcher and Quadrado are really gelling as a pair now and the bond between them is strong. However, there is always that little hint of each of them holding something back from the other. There’s a definite spark between them both, not a romantic one but just a real connection that comes alive on the pages.
Despite the action there is also a strong moral and ethical thread running throughout this series; Grant Fletcher might be regarded as the hired muscle by some, but he is so much deeper than that and we are really getting to know him as a man; he most definitely does not dish out violence for the sake of it. In addition to the action there are some cracking one liners delivered in there and plenty of humour too!
The tension levels are high and the twists will have your head in a spin and your bahookey on the edge of your seat all the way through and the devious plot kept me guessing all the way through to the end! Can someone, somewhere just get this on the TV now!
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About the author
John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.
When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.