Thursday, 1 December 2011

Crunk by Troy Kirby

This is the story of an ex-con granted early release due to a clerical error. Down on his luck he agrees to find some diamonds for his cell mate. What he wasn't told and doesn't realise is that he is not the only one after the diamonds. Before long his long suffering ex-wife is drawn into the hunt and he needs to keep her safe.

On the face of it this had such promise. It had the makings of a fantastic thriller - ex-cons, junkies (using sugar as a substitute!), old mob leaders and bent coppers all after a bag of diamonds. Sadly it all fell rather short of the mark.Too many editing errors and spelling mistakes made for confused and difficult reading. Plus the 'technical jail speak' left me baffled at times.

That said the characters were solid and I felt myself warming to Frank as he just wanted to right by his life and somehow constantly kept failing! There were some funny moments (not sure if this was intentional or not!), and some truly odious characters that were just crying out to be loved to hate!

I hesitate to recommend this, maybe with a caveat - if you can see past the errors and this is your sort of thing, go for it. Sadly it just didn't push my buttons.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.

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