Businessman Doyle wants to hire ex-cop and hero Storey who is not interested but changes his mind when he finds out Doyle is under police investigation
A Paul Storey Crime Thriller #2
When Storey meets Norton in the bar of a luxury hotel, he is not so sure he likes what Doyle’s right-hand man says: a job offer as a chauffeur including ‘general duties’ can only mean “standing around pretending to be alert but actually bored as shit.“. If Storey did not need an income, he would have gladly passed. He suspects the only reason Doyle wants to employ him is because of his recent heroic actions involving breaking a Syrian smuggling ring and rescuing a policewoman, which had caused major headlines in the newspapers.
The next morning an unexpected phone call makes Storey change his mind. Jackie West, his former colleague and the policewoman whose life he saved, tells him to back away from Doyle as he is under investigation. Doyle’s luxurious mansion in Coventry is bugged and that is why Jackie knows of the job offer. This settles it: Storey becomes Doyle’s driver and security man. Reporting for duty Storey meets Doyle’s wife Charlotte, daughter Felicity and her boyfriend, Darren who happens to be Norton’s nephew. Are you still following the story? Before he knows it, he is living in the cottage on the Doyle estate and keeping watch at a cocktail party. Seems strange to have security at a private party but apparently, that is how the Doyle household goes about things. Apart from a fight, an attractive house decorator by the name of Kate and a slightly drunk Mrs Doyle, Storey’s first day of work is just fine.
Storey becomes completely drawn into the lives of all the people living with and working for Doyle, including Doyle himself: he learns about his boss’s former boxing career (balancing on the thin line of legality) as ‘One Punch’ and the fight of his life against ‘Handsome’ Frank Ivory, from then on Doyle’s arch enemy. Doyle’s boxing days are over but he wants to leave a legacy, a place for boys like he once was when he started to train as a boxer. That is why he is building a gym and the reason Doyle involves Storey on the project. Like all the other assignments, Storey does not know whether to be pleased or whether to feel tricked and manipulated but somehow, even if he barely acknowledges it to himself, he starts to like his boss. Still, there is something fishy with the building project and on top of that, the police investigation (including the bugging) is ongoing. An ordinary theft turns into something much nastier when loyalties are questioned and nothing is what it seems … will Storey get to the bottom of it?
For me, One Punch is the first book I read featuring Paul Storey, and what is there not to love about Keith Dixon’s protagonist?! He is the strong, silent type who can easily blend in and yet stands out because of his height and his looks, who can wear jeans or a tuxedo and yet always look the part. He is also never afraid to speak his mind and this rare quality makes him the perfect man for the job according to Doyle. Despite his flaws, I also liked Doyle’s character and was drawn into his story, even if I hate boxing. The story starts steadily but the pace builds towards the riveting ending. Although this is the second book in the Paul Storey Crime Thriller series, this book is perfectly readable as a stand-alone. With One Punch Keith Dixon has created an engrossing and entertaining thriller written in a style I just love: with a touch of humour and sarcasm.
‘One Punch’ is the second instalment in the Paul Storey Crime Thrillers – the first is ‘Storey‘ (2016).
About the Author
Keith Dixon is a British writer, also the author of non-crime books such as women’s literary fiction. Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Apart from the seven novels in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, Keith has written two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. When he’s not writing he enjoys reading, learning the guitar, watching movies and binge-inhaling great TV series.
|Publisher||Semiologic Ltd (4 May 2017)|