When Joe Geraghty is hired to baby sit pop band New Holland, who are making a come back, he thinks it’s going to be a boring and cushy job. He is soon proved wrong and finds himself embroiled in a maelstrom of violence and desperation. He soon discovers that there is much that the bands manager, Kane Major, has kept from him. The case leaves him at odds with his partners Don and Sarah and left out in the cold having to solve the case alone. He also finds himself being followed by some very sinister characters. The threat of violence seems to hang heavy in the air but Geraghty must solve the case due to a promise he makes and an obligation he must fulfil.
The Late Greats is Nick Quantrill’s second novel featuring his PI Joe Geraghty. This story like the author’s first novel, Broken Dreams, is set against the backdrop of modern day Hull which is Nick’s home city.
These Private eye stories don't pander to the clichés. They are firmly set in the modern age. They are tightly written, fast flowing and above all believable tales. Nick uses the setting of Hull to great effect using the older and newer parts of the city to flesh out his stories and give them some of the fantastic character of Hull, placing them solidly in a real world scenario. However, he doesn't once use the city as a psychological crutch it is secondary to the story and that's how it should be. Casual references slipped in that sit easy with the plot.
One of the things I like most about Nick’s writing is his down to earth approach. He knows how to tell a good story in a very believable fashion. I found the dialogue to be slicker and snappier than in his previous novel. Nick clearly has an eye for detail and it shows in his plot structure.
Nick's first novel Broken Dreams explored the city's history in a lively fashion but The Late Greats is all about the characters. Quantrill has expanded upon his first novel and brought to life a gripping character driven story that you’ll find yourself racing through. A cracking read.
Genre: Crime / Private Investigator Fiction.
Publisher: Caffeine Nights
Format: Paperback or Kindle Novel