Hell's Gate - More Like Hell's Fire. Malcolm has a winning formula not only with Cyril and Owen, but with his writing technique from the beginning pages that are WTF to flicking over seas.
Using crimes that many writers use, up to date social issues, and then twisting and weaving a story around these central plot lines, in what reads as seamless ease.
The subject matters in Hell's gate are not ones to read without flinching or fear for the characters, I do advice if you haven't read the blurb, please do.
This is not as cosy a crime as Malcolm's only the Dead. The first in the series.
This is full on graphic when it needs to be, without being too gratuitous gore, but due to the storyline involving dog fighting it is without a doubt a more harrowing read.
This I feel is an aspect of crime that deserves to be highlighted and Malcolm has done this justice without shying away from the reality of dog fights.
After Only The Dead, I was looking forward to this read, and knew Malcolm would be an accomplished story teller.
I underestimated him and he has highly impressed me, not only with another strong opening in the book, but it is so powerful you are hooked straight away, it keeps the pace, plot lines and intricacies all the way through.
Hell's Gate is a full on powerful read. You can read this quite easily as a stand alone, but with writing of this calibre, why would you want to.
It is a tension fuelled, pacey, page turning of a cracking stormy read.
5 star rating review from Bookstormer,
and a series to keep a close eye on and prepared to pre order. Book 3 is available later this month.