HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO JOHN STEELE Dry River is out today and I’m delighted to be part of the opening day of the blog tour!
Big thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my advanced e-copy of Dry River.
PURSUED BY RUTHLESS KILLERS AND TORMENTED BY HIS OWN DEMONS, WILL JACKIE SHAW GET OUT OF JAPAN ALIVE?
‘Dry River captures a sense of place with such vivid, visceral, and violent detail that you can smell the sweat, the blood, and the wasabi.‘ Raymond Benson
When ex-undercover agent Jackie Shaw visits northern Japan for a holiday, he is in search of relaxation, an escape from the brutality and tragedy of his past.
But when a local man is butchered as he spies on a young woman in the seedy heart of Sapporo’s entertainment district, Jackie is dragged into the hunt for a terrifying serial killer and begins a long and bloody battle with vicious yakuza gangs.
From the twisted underbelly of one of Japan’s largest cities to the vast, unforgiving wilderness of the northern territories of Hokkaido, Dry River is a uniquely menacing and compulsive thriller which will take you to places you’ve never been before.
If you like Barry Eisler, Mark Dawson, Adrian McKinty or James Clavell, you’ll love John Steele’s books. Dry River is the third book in John’s Jackie Shaw series and the most gripping yet!
‘John Steele’s picture-perfect depiction of the yakuza world in Japan is not only accurate, it is frightening.’ Raymond Benson, author of Blues in the Dark and the five-book The Black Stiletto
What Did I Think?
I didn’t know what to expect from Dry River; it’s not my usual kind of read being more of an action based tale but there was something about the blurb that appealed to me. What I got was a fast paced, fight-to-the-death kind of story with a semi-reluctant all action hero at the helm.
Being based in the Far East, it took me a little getting used to the Japanese names but once I’d created my own way of mentally saying these unfamiliar names, I settled into the story. From the off, this story is not for the faint hearted or easily offended as what happens can be quite explicit, brutal and gory in places – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
The story jumps between different perspectives of Shaw and various characters within the yakuza throughout but the sporadic I, Demon chapters are the most unnerving to read. They are written from a rather sinister and unhinged point of view. This individual really gave me the creeps and I suspected everyone to be this nutty character underneath their polite Japanese exterior!
Written in the present tense, Steele has a raw unique writing style giving a dark side of what I imagine to be a quite peaceful reserved society. This menacing action packed story will keep you guessing all the way to the Far East and back again!
Who Is John Steele?
John Steele was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1995, at the age of twenty-two he travelled to the United States and has since lived and worked on three continents, including a thirteen-year spell in Japan which inspired Dry River. Among past jobs he has been a drummer in a rock band, an illustrator, a truck driver and a teacher of English. He now lives in England with his wife and daughter. He began writing short stories, selling them to North American magazines and fiction digests. Dry River is his third novel and the third Jackie Shaw book. The first two, Ravenhill and Seven Skins, are published by Silvertail Books.