- Author: Geoffrey David West
- Published: October 1012 by Geoffrey West
- Category: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Action packed thriller/mystery filled with murders and twists. Whilst researching the suicide of rock queen Maggi O’Kane in 1980, ex-criminal profiler Dr Jack Lockwood discovers evidence suggesting that she and her band were murdered to suppress facts she found out about John Lennon’s assassination. First of a series of Jack Lockwood mysteries.
Jack Lockwood has been commissioned, by an old school friend, to write a book investigating the sudden and premature deaths of rock stars. Ken Taylor is an editor at a publishing house specialising in true crime and celebrity biographies. An ex Behavioural Investigative Advisor, Jack had to find another source of income until he could convince the Association of Police Officers he was fit to resume his job after having a breakdown and spending some time in a psychiatric hospital. Due to miscalculations in a case Jack had found himself at the mercy of murderer Edward Van Meer, suffering two days of torture and coming very close to being killed.
The final chapter of Jack’s book is the story of Maggi O’Kane, who is best remembered for murdering her band, Border Crossing, then killing herself. Jack settles on a plan of action, to spend some time at the scene of the crime, Maggi’s home, known as The Mansh. He was having difficulty finding witnesses to help him establish a timeline of events leading up to the massacre. Not really wanting to believe Maggi capable of such a crime, and discovering there may be a link between Maggi’s death and that of John Lennon, he begins to suspect there may have been a cover up. Jack decides to check out the cellar and his problems begin in earnest.
Hammering the chisel end of the crowbar into the gap, I exerted some leverage and after a while the old timber splintered and gave way. It swung backwards on its rusty hinges with a groan. I shone the torch ahead. A couple of feet in from the doorstep I could see some steps leading down. I moved forward and began to descend, my yellow cone of torchlight shimmering around the walls.
The last thing I remember was feeling the blow to the back of my head.
What Jack eventually finds in the cellar leads him on a chase which includes various locales in England, Hamburg and involves a trip to Paris. The conspiracy theories are intriguing and the deeper Jack’s investigation takes him the more danger he’s in, and from unexpected quarters, landing him in all kinds of trouble.
Geoffrey West has created a very likeable and realistic protagonist in Jack Lockwood and the story is told from his perspective which gives a good insight into Jack’s persona. He has issues resulting from his recent breakdown, together with a divorce and a missing girlfriend, leaving him with a sense of uncertainty about his rationality and a tendency to trust those he perhaps shouldn’t.
There is action and suspense a-plenty, the writing is descriptive and flows well with great twists in the plot, the characters are multi layered and well-developed. I’m glad I have the next book ready to go.
About the author
Freelance journalist/writer, living in Surrey, England, educated at Dulwich College. Journalism encompasses building and DIY, crafts, and is now predominantly travel writing. Author of five nonfiction titles (Crowood Press), and two fiction titles, which are crime thrillers in the JACK LOCKWOOD MYSTERY SERIES, published with Kindle Direct Publishing (‘Rock’n’Roll Suicide’ and ‘Doppelganger’). Shortlisted for a previous novel (‘Deadly Contact’) in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger competition. Writes two regular blogs, one of which hosts short stories, and entitled THE JACK LOCKWOOD DIARIES, featuring the protagonist in his novels.