Well plotted, engaging, and full of surprises… A page-turner.
The likable, endearing hero fights to get out of the clutches of the mafia in Reed’s sharp, relentlessly edgy tale. Afghanistan War veteran Clifford Dee is content working as a private investigator. When the intimidating mafia boss Eustachio Bandoni hires him for a job, Clifford has no option but to say yes. But the PI’s investigation reveals unexpected truths, making him a target of the mob. Clifford must find a way to get out of the situation or risk losing his life. Relentless Clifford is a fine hero, and the realistically rendered, relatable secondary cast is authentic and full of intrigue. Reed continually ratchets up the tension. The third-person omniscient narrative loses momentum at times, but the brilliantly conceived and executed plotting builds and maintains tension. All the while, Eustachio’s obsessive pursuit plays its part in this fast-paced thrilling drama marked by crisp prose, credible characters, and assured pacing. A must-read.
Clifford’s War: The Bluegrass Battleground
J Denison Reed
Pub date May 27, 2021
Price $19.99 Hardcover, $15.70 Paperback, $2.99 Kindle edition