‘Pool of Life by Pete Trewin is tightly wound, moving in a staccato beat through the seamy underside and scaly upper crust of Liverpool with the stakes rising higher with each explosive encounter. Trewin does a masterful job of teasing the reader with clues as Jack finds that not only are his two new cases related but also a decades-old suspicious disappearance of a young woman is rearing its ugly head. The pressing question, though, is whether or not Jack can survive long enough to solve the puzzles. This is a book you can’t put down. Just when you think you might want to take a break from reading, Trewin drops another morsel on your plate, and you just have to keep reading. A definite five-star read.’ Charles Ray, Awesome Indies Book Awards assessor.
About the Author
Pete Trewin was born in Middlesbrough under the shadow of the steel mills but has lived for most of his life in a leafy suburb of Liverpool with his wife, Paula and golden retriever, Eira. Their three children have long moved on.
While working as an economic development and regeneration consultant, Pete gained a knowledge of how you might launder ill-gotten money. Not direct experience, obviously. This set him on the path of writing crime novels. The rest of his time is spent in Snowdonia where he indulges his interest in rock climbing and hill walking.
Other books by Pete Trewin: A Fair Wack, Time Lapse, Not Without Risk
Twitter: @Peter Trewin
Grady Harp –
‘Mood’ is a word that comes to mind in the first lines of this fine engrossing novel – mood as atmosphere and as human response. Once into the arena the story unfolds rapidly and is well populated with credible characters. Yes, Merseyside exists (a county in North West England that includes Pete’s Liverpool) and Pete makes it come alive – a netherworld where gangsters, corrupt politicians and a collection of venal professionals connect and coalesce – and that is what makes Jack Gordon the champion of this tale. Raw, rich in flavor, and a very fine read, POOL OF LIFE takes on this netherworld and the result is a very fine fresh new novel.’ Grady Harp Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
The aptly named Jack ‘Flash’ Gordon runs a private investigation business in Liverpool, but things aren’t going too well for Jack either personally or in his failing business. What Jack really needs is a big juicy case which will help to lift him, and his motley assortment of employees, out of the doldrums. When he is approached by the glamorous Sarah Gladwyn to investigate who is responsible for the vendetta against her family, it seems like the lifeline he and his business needs. However, complicating matters is Sarah’s husband, Oliver, who, whilst determined to provide a sustainable source of green energy to Merseyside, has his own complicated agenda.
The city of Liverpool has a starring role in the novel, and the author uses his local knowledge to full advantage, bringing place and people to life. I especially enjoyed getting to know more about Jack Gordon, who, as an ex-cop, has more than enough traumatic stuff in his past to deal with, however, I think it is Jack’s relationship with his colleagues where his personality shines through. I especially enjoy his interesting relationship with Mel Gibson, she is a feisty PI, who has a no nonsense approach to questioning suspects, and who offers Jack a friendly face and a listening ear.
From its exciting beginning the story unfolds quickly and we soon discover that there is never a dull moment for Jack Gordon, whether it be in tracking shady criminals who seem hellbent on taking him down, or out for a pub lunch with his belligerent father, trouble seems to follow Jack around, which, for an private investigator, can be something of a challenge.
The author writes well and keeps up a lively pace throughout the whole of this complicated crime story. Filled with an assortment of bad guys, from bent coppers, to shady businessmen, Pool of Life is a lively tale of corruption and skulduggery which is made all the more interesting for being set in Liverpool, a city whose vibrant personality shines through and is as much a character in the novel as the people themselves. Jaffareadstoo