Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Body Blow by Peter Cocks

review by Maryom

Eddie Savage has done his bit to help put Tommy Kelly, the man responsible for his brother's death, in jail. He's now recovering from his injuries but finding the emotional trauma harder to cope with. With new best mate, Gav, an ex-soldier he meets at a therapy session, Eddie heads off to Spain for a bit of fun - but soon finds his naiveté lands him in trouble. The only way out of it is to go back to his old undercover job - this time among the drug dealers of the Costa del Sol.

I've been waiting nearly a year for this book - ever since I read the first Eddie Savage thriller, Long Reach - and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint me. There's a slightly more glamorous location this time - the seedier side of Spain though, of flash cars and drug-dealers, not the luxury James Bond end of the espionage market.
Eddie is his old charming self - with a new identity, new girl and a sporty car. There are more devious bad guys, led by Tommy Kelly's brother, Patsy, looking to take over the family crime-business, and the return of an old one, Donnie Mulvaney, looking for a quiet retirement in the sun till his old pals catch up with him. Things are hotting up in this area of sunny Spain!

As you'd expect from a thriller, Body Blow is action-packed, quickly paced and compelling with many, many nail-biting, quake-in-your-shoes moments, a fair bit of violence and comic Bond-style one-liners. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers, whatever their age!

Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Walker Books

Genre - YA crime, thriller


Our meeting with Peter Cox at Hay Festival
Maryom's review of Long Reach

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