Ciaran Richards’ father was a soldier. A hero.
But now he’s dead. Or is he?
Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend has landed the interview of a lifetime with openly gay, front-running US presidential candidate Griffin Carlisle. But when Leo is forced to abandon the interview to rush to the side of his estranged father who has suffered a near-fatal heart attack, Leo's personal and professional worlds collide. When Griffin offers to visit the Townsend farm for an interview, secrets are exposed that jeopardize not just Leo's family, but an entire nation.
A highly satisfying and suspenseful story, Leo Townsend returns in a novel that turns the conventional into a triumph of intrigue and tone. Marked by clever twists and turns in a multi-layered and well-conceived plot, Oakley’s narrative unfolds at just the right pace and reminds us that good storytelling is easy to lose yourself in. As with her first release in the series, the dialogue is incisive and revealing. It’s well nuanced, smooth and confident, building forward momentum and leaving us in no doubt that this is a genre Oakley clearly revels in. To this end, it’s often dark and challenging, but it wouldn’t be disingenuous to say that unlike Carpe Diem the emotional swells are less pronounced. Oakley has already established Leo’s credentials and we are familiar with his methods, but this time around her narrative is tauter, more buttoned-up, whilst offering her readers a glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive. Reminding us that moral and political dilemmas can make for the most intensely dramatic reads of all.
A powerful and poignant release in the Leo Townsend series,
God On Mayhem Street again raises high expectations of
future releases from Kristen A Oakley and is
recommended without reservation.
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Kristin A. Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, is the winner of the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction and a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year. The sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in September of 2016. Kristin is the president and co-founder of the professional writers’ organization In Print, a board member of the Chicago Writers Association, and the managing editor of The Write City Magazine. As a writing instructor at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Kristin critiques manuscripts and offers an online course on cliffhangers. She has a B.A. in psychology and a J.D., both from UW-Madison.