Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

When Lucas Winter, a retired professional wrestler, runs out of gas on a dark and desolate road, his only thoughts are on getting to the lights of the small town up ahead, getting some gas, and getting out of there…only things aren’t quite what they seem in the tiny town of Anaconda.

Before he has a chance to solve his transport problem, Lucas finds himself in trouble with the law after a local man picks a fight with him…and then ends up dead. Innocent, Lucas fights to clear his name, tangling with the local law enforcement and the family of the dead man, who seem set on taking their revenge. Can Lucas get out alive? And just what is it that the residents of Anaconda are hiding….

My Review

It is not my usual practice to read a novel without knowing anything about the synopsis or the author. But occasionally I will bend my rules and I was well rewarded with this novel. It is a gem.
When Lucas Winter runs out of fuel in the middle of nowhere he has no option but to walk to the next deserted looking town. Straight away he ends up in a lot more trouble when a local gets under his skin.
Very early on in this novel I was intimidated. There was something about the level of darkness and how loud his footsteps sounded in the silence that made me feel edgy.
Everybody seemed untrustworthy and scared. When he started asking questions life became more uncomfortable and he just made his situation worse. I had no idea who he could get on his side but I assumed that everything would be resolved and he would be able to leave and get on with his journey. That is, until I received one of the biggest shocks I have come across in fiction. If it was possible for my chin to hit the floor it would have done. It showed that you should never assume to know which way a novel is going. And, the twist worked very well.
This is a fantastic novel by a debut author who I will happily read again.

You can purchase the book here