08 September 2022

The Feud on Dead Lane


By Robert W Kirby
Crime | Thriller

My Review

Friends Duncan and Karl find themselves unexpectedly caught up with violent crime family
the Bartells when a night out goes horribly wrong. Forced to flee their homes in fear of their lives, they escape to the Netherlands where they lie low. 

Nino was born into the Bartells but wants out. He longs for a normal life with girlfriend Elena, away from the violence and drug dealing. Together they hatch a scheme. But their plan begins to go awry as tensions erupt between the Bartells and rival family the Chillcotts.

This was a great read — brutal and shocking — but incredibly realistic. Tension was high throughout — I was literally perched on the edge of my seat waiting for the pot to boil over. And boil over it did! 

Each character was skilfully brought to life and felt very real. A slight criticism would be that in a cast of many, it was difficult keeping up with who was who. I had to backtrack several times to refresh my memory. 

The violence was extremely descriptive and ferocious but not unwarranted in a book dealing with this topic. It was gritty and pulled no punches. I personally really enjoyed it.     
Book Source: Review copy provided by the author
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Independently published (26th August 2022)
ISBN-13: 979-8840308073

The Blurb

“Two tough families—Two mysterious deaths—One night of brutal violence.”

Nino and Elena dream of sharing a normal life together. They are desperate to escape the shadow of Nino’s domineering and dangerous family, the Bartells.

After a shocking revelation is made, and a family member dies in strange circumstances, Elena urges Nino to take drastic action.

But some outsiders are drawn into the mix. Two best friends who have made a grave mistake, a no-nonsense financial adviser searching for his missing son, and a proud new mum. Soon all of them will be caught up in a deadly world where betrayal, violence and even cold-blooded murder are acceptable methods of settling scores.

Will anybody walk away unscathed?

The Author

I was born in 1979 and live in Kent, England, with my family and bonkers Dalmatian, Dexter. I ran a private investigation agency for over fifteen years and dealt in cases that involved breach of contract claims, commercial debt recovery, and process serving. My agency also specialised in people tracing, so much of my work revolved around tracking down debtors, dealing in adoption matters and locating missing persons. 

Since 2014, I have worked self-employed in the pet care industry, and I am a keen trail runner, mountain biker and kayaker. I’ve had a passion for screenwriting for many years and started writing novels during the pandemic. My first novel, The Tests, published on Amazon in June 2021, was based on a spec screenplay that I originally wrote back in 2009. This has now been republished with Inkubator Books under the new title, The Wrong Girl.

My second novel, The Feud on Dead Lane, a tense and gritty crime thriller, will be available in August 2022.

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