Ciaran Richards’ father was a soldier. A hero.
But now he’s dead. Or is he?
Will the sins of Matt’s father doom him to a similar fate?
Fourteen-year-old Matty Dunmore and his gang live in Nowhere, NJ, and their world of mobsters and crooked cops is about to be turned on its head. When Matty—a runner for the local Mob boss, Mr. Hill—is attacked and robbed during a delivery, he soon discovers the package he was carrying wasn’t the only one taken. The boys are told to keep watch for anything suspicious, but after the death of a higher up in the organization, their surveillance is discovered by one of the traitors. Now the friends must make a choice—tell Mr. Hill and risk the safety of their families, or keep quiet and live. Flash forward to the present and Matthew Larson is now a legitimate businessman in Florida, but his past is about to catch up with him. No one—not even his wife and son—know the truth about who he was. The Matt Larson they know is a loving husband and father, not a ghost named Matty Dunmore with a secret so big it could get Matt and everyone he loves killed. Matty needs to stay buried in the past if Matt has any hope of surviving in the present. The stakes are high, life and death decisions are made at every turn, and the sins of Matt’s father threaten to doom him to a similar fate. Is there anyone left he can trust?
The past is a dangerous thing in Nowhere NJ as HD Smith adds another exciting instalment to The Good Bad Guys Series. It’s an interesting concept Smith has developed for a mainstream series, where good and bad are often a matter of perspective and she continues to develop her trademark style of writing with three dimensional characterisation and intriguing plot lines. Well-paced and unexpectedly affecting, Nowhere NJ is certainly no exception to Smith’s previous releases, but of particular note is her ability to eschew the trite stereotypes that often dominate this ever popular genre. In the main she achieves this by leaning towards the fallible side of her characters whilst using the real world dysfunction between family and friends to add the necessary depth and viewpoint to bring her narrative to life. It works well, but with a relatively short word count there is little room for superfluous detail and this turns in Smith's favour as she keeps her settings tightly focused whilst subtly drawing the reader into the mind of her fated protagonist.
Uncommonly good and highly engaging, Nowhere NJ is HD Smith at her best and rightly continues to raise high expectations for future novels in the series. It is recommended without reservation.
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Nowhere, NJ - The Good Bad Guys Series Book 2
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