Book Review: East of England by Eamonn Griffin

EAST OF ENGLAND

Author: Eamonn Griffin

Publisher: Unbound Digital

Release Date: January 2019

Debt collector Dan Matlock is out of prison, but not quite out of options. He can leave town – and his demons – and start from scratch elsewhere. Or he can go back to where it all went wrong, and pick through the wreckage he left behind. Two years jail time gave him time to plan, not brood. He knows exactly what he wants to do – and who he wants to do it to. However, the extended family of the man whose blood Matlock has on his hands have been plotting their own revenge, and when it comes it won’t be pretty.

After two years behind bars, Matlock is in no rush to enact his grand plan and the narrative unfolds at an unhurried pace. Violence is always around the corner, but in Matlock’s world there is always time for a cup of tea and a slice of cake first! The pace may be a touch slow for some vengeance-hungry readers, but Griffin’s hardnosed, meticulous prose kept me hooked throughout.

Another key strength is the author’s use of location, which feels authentic and unusual: transport cafes, static caravans and cattle markets all feature prominently. The backdrop for the climactic showdown is particularly well-judged, and provides the perfect setting for the long-brewing clash between Matlock and his enemies.

All in all, a gripping slab of Lincolnshire noir peppered with memorably grisly interludes. Impressive stuff.

Review by Tom Leins

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