Vermin by William A. Graham – Book Review

Vermin by William A. Graham – Book Review

Vermin by William A Graham

Vermin

Author – William A. Graham
Publisher – Black and White Pub
Pages – 256
Released – 19th July 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1785301988
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book

 

Meet Allan Linton … a detective with a difference.

It’s not exactly L.A. But dead bodies are the same wherever they turn up.

Allan Linton became a private detective by pure chance. He may not follow the rules, but he always gets the job done. Until he’s hired to track down a missing girl. All he’s got to go on is an old photo and the help – and hindrance – of the city’s biggest drug dealer and his eccentric associate Niddrie.

Linton’s investigation yields no trace of Tina Lamont. He’s ready to throw in the towel – after all, some people want to be missing. But when a dead body turns up in London, it’s clear there’s something sinister going on. And now others are on Tina’s trail …

Tina ran away for a reason – and that reason will stop at nothing to find her.

Review 2017

Allan Linton lives and works as a Private Detective in Dundee, Scotland. One afternoon he is visited by a mysterious man who asks Linton to find a young woman for a large sum of money. He is given a lump sum upfront and £5000 to follow when he has information on where she is.

The man only has a photograph to go on of a young blond girl in a school uniform, though Linton is informed that the girl is actually a brunette and that her name is Tina Lamont. With not much to go on Allan and his associate Niddrie set out to look for her, but it would seem that no-one has a clue who the girl is until Allan has an idea and asks an old friend for help.

The case seemed straightforward, that was until a breaking news article leaves Allan and Niddrie shocked as to who the mystery man really was. Also, why are there two gangsters now making threats too? Ever wish you hadn’t gotten involved in someone else’s problems – Allan Linton is certainly feeling that way now!

Vermin is a mystery, crime, mild thriller book set in the heart of Dundee. The plot is told in the first person (except for the prologue) and from Allan Linton’s point of view. Allan has a fun way of looking at the world and doesn’t take life too seriously. He is a divorced, father of one to his teenage daughter Ailsa, whose problems with an over-enthusiastic young man he has to deal with too.

Niddrie is a strange character. He doesn’t say a lot, more the hard quite man, or a bit of a nutter according to a couple of young lads. There is no mention of him having a family and he seems to spend a lot of time at the local library, though he is never seen with a book.

The story follows the case of a missing young woman. Why she is missing and what the person looking for her wants is discovered in small snippets throughout. You get to see Allan’s detective skills first hand. He also has some not very nice things to say about TV detectives and how they portray his job to the public.

The chapters are short and the book was really quite amusing, from the opening line of ‘Henry Lewis MP Raised his left buttock just a few millimetres off the green leather bench and farted gently’, to the last page. The plot had plenty of depth to it and lots of twists, turns and red-herrings to keep you on your toes. The only bit I couldn’t work out was how the prologue fitted in with the story – I’m sure I must have overlooked something somewhere.

I’m now hoping that we get to meet Allan Linton and his Private Detective firm again as I feel that Allan has more stories to share with us.

Reviewed by Stacey


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8 Responses

  1. Tasha says:

    Great review. It sounds like an interesting story.

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    Great review. Sounds like one I might enjoy.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    I wants it

  4. Karla Strand says:

    Sounds like one that mystery lovers will really enjoy!

  5. Bianca says:

    Great review! It sounds hilarious and awesome!

  6. Awesome review! Sounds like a good thriller.

  7. Cia Black says:

    I will for sure keep this on my Thriller TBR.

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