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Review: Poor Boy Road (Jake Caldwell) by James L Weaver

March 1, 2017

 

About the book

As a mob enforcer, Jake Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become – his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done. When his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old.

Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return: Poor Boy Road.

 

My Thoughts

Continuously moving, packed with tension and suspense, Poor Boy Road is a gritty and dirty mob verses drug gang story that no one can really win.

Jake Caldwell, bone breaker for the mob, wants out. His dad is dying and Jake is called home for his father’s last days. Unfortunately, Jake’s home town happens to be the stomping ground for his boss’s rival. His boss offers him a choice. While he is home for his father’s last moments he must take out Shane Langston… If he doesn’t, Jake’s way out involves a box with his name on it. It’s not really a choice. But going home stirs up more than just bad memories.

James L. Weaver has written a gripping tale full of tension and suspense. This was a very enjoyable read. The second half simply flew by. The characters are rich with history and backstory. Even then typical bad guys have depth. The town has such a realistic feel that you start to eye back alleys and side streets with suspicion and old country back roads with a heathy amount of fear. I’m really looking forward to Jake’s next story in Ares Road

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