Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sky Turned Black by John Steele. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite. Read on for more info and my review!
‘HARD-BOILED AND CRACKLING WITH INTENSITY. JOHN STEELE GETS UNDER THE SKIN OF THE NYPD AS WELL AS ANYONE WRITING TODAY’ T. J. English
‘DARK, HARD-HITTING AND FAST MOVING’ Thomas Mullen
HIS BIGGEST CASE YET. BUT IT COULD BE HIS LAST…
NYPD officer Callum Burke is on a routine drugs raid when he bursts in on a scene of unimaginable horror – and two killers about to get away.
The men are caught but they won’t talk. All the cops know is that they’re Russian and extremely dangerous which means this could be the start of a savage new gang war.
Callum Burke is tasked with finding out what is going on. It’s Manhattan in 1997 and the city is being cleaned up. The pressure is on.
But when Callum discovers there might be more to the Russian involvement than just criminal gangs, he finds himself in deeper trouble than he’s ever known…
‘Hard and intriguing. Callum Burke is a cop on the edge’ David Albertyn
‘The Sky Turned Black will make your head spin’ T. J. English
‘The Sky Turned Black is a crime saga that combines gritty detail with a global scope’ Thomas Mullen
I’ve enjoyed John Steele’s books previously, so when the tour invite for The Sky Turned Black showed up in my email, the decision to join in was easy!
The beginning of this novel is a bit of a slow burn, so I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat, but once the action picked up, I couldn’t put this down. It was quite fast paced toward the end and kept me invested in the story.
The story takes place in New York in 1997, following NYPD police officer Callum. I really enjoyed the setting. I’m from upstate NY, but NYC is an interesting place and John Steele really brings you thete as a reader.
There are a lot of characters in this novel, however, they are well written so it was relatively easy to keep track of who was who.
Once the pacing picked up, there were lots of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and recommend giving it a read.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
John Steele was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1995, at the age of twenty-two he travelled to the United States and has since lived and worked on three continents, including a thirteen-year spell in Japan. Among past jobs he has been a drummer in a rock band, an illustrator, a truck driver and a teacher of English. He now lives in England with his wife and daughter. He began writing short stories, selling them to North American magazines and fiction digests. He has published four previous novels: Ravenhill, Seven Skins, Dry River and Rat Island, the first of which was longlisted for a CWA Debut Dagger award. John’s books have been described as ‘remarkable’ by the Sunday Times, ‘dark and thrilling’ by Claire McGowan, and ‘spectacular’ by Tony Parsons. The Irish Independent called John ‘a writer of huge promise’ and Gary Donnelly appointed him ‘the undisputed champion of the modern metropolitan thriller’.
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