Book Review: “January Justice” by Athol Dickson

May 2, 2013 at 12:15 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Athol Dickson in his new book, “January Justice_Cover5acf06January Justice” Book One in The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs published by Author Author, Inc. brings us into the life of Malcolm Cutter.

From the back cover:  Kill Cutter

Reeling from his wife’s unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood’s rich and famous.

Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It’s an open question whether they’re patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn’t much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest.

Now there’s another murder on Cutter’s Mind. His own.

Before Athol Dickson became a master storyteller he was a master architect.  It takes great creativity, imagination and “smarts” to design a building that will fit within the specified acreage and have all the required components and still be spectacularly beautiful.  Now that Mr. Dickson tells stories he utilizes all the skills he developed in building buildings to build stories for us.

When Athol Dickson tells a story he builds it like an architect, start with the foundation and then each floor goes up methodically after the previous floor has been built.  Reading “January Justice” is a lot like being thirty-five stories in the air, walking on nothing but a steel girder just wide enough for your foot; no walls, no floors, nothing but air.  Very terrifying but it leaves you with a deep sense of fulfillment when you are done.  Malcolm Cutter’s wife was murdered 7 months ago. Both he and his wife, Haley, were given a cocktail of drugs hidden in their food which caused Haley to jump off a cliff and Malcolm to spend the last seven months in a sanitarium due to drug induced madness. He’s finally well enough to return home. Then Malcolm is hired by a Guatemalan politician to investigate the kidnapping of a Dona Elena Montes and the subsequent murder of her first husband Toledo.  Now people are trying to kill him, something Malcolm does not take to kindly too and it looks as though this case has something to do with his wife’s unsolved murder.  “January Justice” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next.  When you finish this book you will heave a hugely satisfying sigh because you have enjoyed yourself immensely.  Mr. Dickson has provided us with another winner.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Like Athol Dickson, this review is “another winner”!! Fantastic job! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this title.


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