Thursday, May 28, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: "The Devil In The Clock (Mick Callahan Book 5)" by Harry Shannon
Mick Callahan was a famous television psychologist until alcoholism and ego brought him down. Now he’s a loyal friend with a hot temper and a talent for getting into trouble. He’s trying to put his life back together, but something always gets in the way. In this brand new adventure, the fifth book in the popular series, Callahan suffers a devastating loss that forces him to hunt down a ruthless professional killer.
I received an advance copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you're a regular reader of KSR, you'll recognize Harry Shannon as the co-author of the zombie series The Hungry. With his Mick Callahan series, you will see a slightly different literary side of him. Fans of The Hungry will still enjoy this series, despite there being a noted lack of brain munching going on. Instead, there is a different type of brain game being played here: one of alcoholism and egotism; one of revenge and stealth.
I have a thing for professional killers. Don't ask. It's not personal with them, it's either about the thrill or the money. Usually the money. But ever since I was a kid, one of my favorite fictional characters was Deathstroke The Terminator. I loved getting inside his mind and learning what made him tick. In a way, that's some of what this book here is about. Mick needs to find a hitman, and to find someone who doesn't want to be found, you have to get inside his/her head a little.
Being a psychologist, Mick can deduce almost as well as Sherlock Holmes, and getting inside someone's mind is fairly simple for him. This book is not laden with psychological metaphors and ideas, but there are some, and those make the story very interesting.
Mr. Shannon writes characters very straightforward. There is no bull behind them. That's not to say that they aren't complex--they are--but they don't make your head spin with so many layers that it takes away from the plot and its layers.
This is a fantastic thriller with very dark themes, written by a fantastic writer who knows what he's talking about. You like James Patterson? Forget him. Harry Shannon blows him out of the water!
5/5--a great thriller!
Purchase The Devil In The Clock on June 1st or preorder it now on Amazon!