Dark Water by Simon Thould

“Well, I rescued you.  Think I can rescue the girl, don’t you?” (83) Rafter asks his dog, Lonely.  A loner and ex-soldier, Rafter is known to the locals by his solitary walks through the woods of New Forest in all black.  He drinks Blue Label vodka and black coffee.  More than once bar-mates comment that he “sticks out like a spare part at a wedding.”  Are the girl and the dog the only ones who need rescuing?  When asked by sexy car saleswoman, Madeleine, to find her missing daughter, Jac, Rafter puts his military skills to work and makes friends in the process.  Gabriel and his wife Li Li supply him liquor, trust and a boat while Ferret looks after Lonely.  The Southampton Hells Angels also become his unlikely friends as he looks for Jac among their seedy neighborhood.  When the search finally comes to an end it isn’t exactly as Rafter planned, but, luckily he’s good at dealing with the unexpected.  The best part of the story (after the high intensity fight scenes) is unlocking some mysteries surrounding Rafter through his newfound acquaintances, including loyal Lonely.  Like Rafter, Thould’s writing style is to the point and sparse, emphasizing action over poetics.    author’s Goodreads site

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Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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