Red Right Hand

Written by Chris Holm

Review written by Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer has read crime fiction since her teenage years & enjoys reviewing within the many sub-genres that now exist; as a historian who lectures on real life historical mysteries she particularly appreciates historical cime fiction.


Red Right Hand
Mulholland Books
RRP: £13.99
Released: September 8 2016
PBK

A terrorist attack on the Golden Gate Bridge has a surprising side effect as a video that was being taken as the explosion happened reveals that a witness thought dead years before was apparently alive.

We start with a family man searching for a spot in front of the Golden Gate Bridge where his parents had posed many years before. He asks a passer-by to take a video of the family and the neophyte video user actually starts by taking his own image; the whole image then disintegrates as a barge hits the bridge and explodes. Various people, who were involved with nefarious activities previously, want to reach this man who took the video, a man they had thought was dead. This is a cleverly written thriller with plenty of chills and spills. 

The chapters describing the experiences of different people are somewhat disjointed and some characters disappear, presumably when they have fulfilled their function in the story. The three main protagonists that we follow can apparently take serious physical damage and still come out fighting - that applies to male and female.  The ability of their bodies to survive enormous and sustained mistreatment is superhuman!  The level of violence in the book is sizeable and, sometimes, gut-wrenchingly and sickeningly well described.

I understand that this is the second adventure for Michael Hendricks and that he habitually fights against evil doers particularly those that represent shadowy criminal organisations. I found the connections between all these characters rather sketchily shown. The rise in tension through the frequent bouts of violence was successfully sustained, I suppose. Perhaps surprisingly the attempt to capture the terrorists who caused the explosion takes a back seat to infighting between agencies. I am assuming a third adventure is being written since the ending of this book is rather inconclusive, though it follows a magnificent twist in the tale.

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