Jake is a loner who works nights in a Darwin motel and lives at the YMCA. He’s in love with Angel, a Thai prostitute who works out of the low-rent Shark Motel.
A vicious murder turns Jake’s life into a nightmare. He must fight for his life on the heat-soaked streets of Darwin and Bangkok in the wet season to get revenge, and to get his life back.
Australian Bookseller link: https://www.busybird.com.au/shop/the-heat/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Heat-Sean-OLeary/dp/1925949184
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heat-Sean-OLeary/dp/1925949184
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35NihZp
The Heat by Sean O’Leary took me on quite the journey as Jake tries to figure out who killed Angel and figure out himself along the way. I love the perspective of Jake. His emotions are really well conveyed, and it made him feel real.
The murder was well done. I do feel there were pieces of the plot that were left open, but mayne that’s leaving an opportunity for more books in the future.
This was a quick read that kept me entertained. I recommend giving it a shot!
*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Sean O’Leary has published two short story collections, ‘My Town’ and ‘Walking’. His novella ‘Drifting’ was the winner of the ‘Great Novella Search 2016’ and published in September 2017. He has published over thirty individual short stories and is a regular contributor of short fiction to Quadrant, FourW, Sudo, Close to the Bone (UK) and other literary and crime magazines. His crime novella ‘The Heat’, set in Darwin and Bangkok, was published in August 2019. Drifting and The Heat are both available on Amazon. His interviews with crime writers appear online in Crime Time magazine.
He has worked in a variety of jobs including motel receptionist, rubbish removalist/tree lopper, farm hand, short-order cook and night manager in various hotels in Sydney’s notorious, Kings Cross. He has lived in: Melbourne; Naracoorte; Sydney; Adelaide; Perth; Fremantle; Norseman; Geraldton; Carnarvon; Broome; Yulara; Alice Springs; Kakadu; Darwin and on Elcho Island-Galiwinku. He now lives in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, thinks that test cricket is the greatest game of all and supports Melbourne Football Club (a life sentence). He writes every day, likes travelling and tries to walk everywhere.
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