Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.
Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.
In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.
Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who 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.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.
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
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at
The third in this thrilling series is top of the line yet again. There are very few series that I can say that about. This is one of them and the author always comes up with some unique characters and the stories just seem to flow.
Jake Boulder is what I would call an Anti-Hero though I am sure he would fight any labels that we could put to him. He is a strong willed character who only wants what is best for his friends and family.
This book was different as you see Jake in a more family oriented area which I hadn’t really seen before. It is interesting as you can see why Jake Boulder turned out how he did. A no-show of a father is one thing that you can see has triggered his many issues. In fact it seems like he is fighting against his father at every step now that I have read about his past. While it isn’t unusual it gives more of what happened to cause Jake to be the way he is now.
Part of what I love about Jake is he doesn’t take shit from anyone and he can hold his own in a fight. He has his own sense of honour and uses whatever he needs to ensure that he can come out on top.
The other part is that Jake is very much a human with faults as well as good qualities. It is hard to find characters that more are the faults but this time you can see Jake in that light. He really shows just what he is made of in this book.
The story itself was very entertaining and kept me gripped throughout the entire book. It seems that Graham Smith has a knack of really capturing the story and ensuring it’s pleasing to the reader. What a wonderful book and can’t wait to see what is next for Jake Boulder in the hopefully soon to come 4th book.