How would you describe Father and Son?
It’s about a man who tries to find the killer of an old family friend. But as he delves into the man’s past, events spiral out of control. It’s a crime thriller with some elements of a police procedural, and deals with both the aftermath of former crimes and a new wave of terror that hits the investigation.
Who is John Ray?
John Ray is the son of Antonio ‘Tiny’ Ray, a local crime boss in Leeds (northern England). Tony Ray is Spanish, and arrived in the UK in the 60s. He built up a thriving business in fake/stolen goods and counterfeit money. John is the ‘white sheep’ of the family; he always refused to join the family business, but he’s a bit of a maverick and events have a habit of drawing him back into the world of crime.
How did you become a writer?
I have always written, but I was quite late in trying to get published. The first thing I had published was a novella in the Paris Review, and that led to an agent and a deal with HarperCollins. At that point I decided to quit my job (as a university teacher) and move from the UK to Spain. Since then I’ve worked as a writer.
Who’s your favorite character in Father and Son?
There’s a secondary character called John Steele that I have grown to like. He’s a police detective, and he hates John Ray (the main character in the book, and quite a charismatic figure). Steele has a relatively minor role in the book, but I think his presence adds a good dynamic to the investigation, which is both a police investigation and a separate one carried out by John Ray. Steele is a bit of a thug, but he’s smart and he hates criminals. I reckon he might crop up again in Book #3.
When reading, do you prefer eBook or paperback?
Increasingly I read ebooks. There are a few minor disadvantages, like not being able to fold the corner of a page down or make a quick note in the margin with a pencil. But the advantages far outweigh these.
Father and Son (John Ray/LS9 Crime Series #2) by John Barlow
Published by Storm Books on Jun 9, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Someone wants you dead. You don’t know who. Or why…
John Ray is called to the scene of a violent murder. The victim is an old associate of John’s dad, local crime boss Tony Ray. There’s no obvious motive for the crime, but everybody agrees on one thing: don’t tell the police.
John, the Cambridge-educated white sheep of the Ray family, has always refused to be part of his father’s business. But he’s a bit of a maverick, with a foot in both worlds, and he’s not quite as white as he would like: exactly the kind of person you’d want to investigate an underworld murder.
His search for the killer takes him back to events twenty years ago, and to another, even more heinous crime. But he still doesn’t really know what he’s looking for. Until it’s too late.
Plus, he’s not the only one looking…