Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Eloquent Books (2010)
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (07/10)
Larry Seeley takes us on a wild ride with “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves,” providing an intensity that makes the book a definite page-turner.
Jack Sloan is just an ordinary businessman trying to get a business deal put together. Desperate times force him to meet with a prospective investor who seems too good to be true, and his instincts prove to be accurate. Lonnie is the perfect con man, and has every reason to have faith in his own abilities. After all, he’s swindled millions from numerous people. Jack is able to see through the smoke-and-mirror act before the con reaches it final stages and the events that unfold send him fleeing from his old life in an attempt to outrun the outcome of that one fateful moment…but the past doesn’t stay hidden, and Jack has no choice but to make a stand when the skeletons in his closet threaten to harm those he cares about.
Compelling and realistic characters, combined with a tightly woven plot, had me reading as fast as I could. Although forced to reside somewhere between law and lawlessness, Jack’s one of the good guys, an ‘everyman’ that just wants people to treat him as fair as he treats others. He won’t back down from a fight, but he’s not a larger-than-life action hero. He takes his lumps and then keeps on going. Joining him during his quest for redemption are a cast of colorful and entertaining characters: Tommy Crowfoot could be the brother Jack never had; strong, faithful, and willing to make a stand when Jack’s past comes calling, Darlene is the breath of fresh air that Jack desperately needs in his new life, and the mysterious Shaman, John Thunder, provides guidance with his uncanny glimpses into both the past and future.
For me, suspense stories can suffer from a slow start. It can take some time to get things going to where you can feel the tension building. Mr. Seeley uses the technique of starting the story towards the end of the adventure and then backtracks to show us what led to that point. This lets the action grab you as soon as you open the book. We go along for the ride when we’re taken into the past to see how things started, and completely enthralled with the adventure, and curious about the outcome, when the past catches up to the present.
Fans of action, mystery, and suspense will not regret reading “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves,” and just might see me standing in line with them when the sequel, “17 Degrees North,” comes out.