The Girl with the White Flag by Ed Penney

About this book…

Eddy Boyle is a retired soldier who has set up a private detective agency that survives on cases involving unfaithful spouses.

But when Fletcher, a retired army Colonel, contacts Eddy to help find his missing daughter, a chain of events is set in motion that will test Eddy’s resolve to the limit.

Has the girl been abducted or has she simply run away? Is Fletcher the real deal or does he have ulterior motives? Can Eddy pick his way through the double-dealing in time to rescue the kidnapped girl? And when the body count starts to rise and Eddy is framed for murder, can he avoid the police, conquer his own mental demons and find the girl before time runs out?

This is the first book in the explosive new Eddy Boyle series.

Move over Jack Reacher – there’s a new anti-hero in town!

My review…

I will just start by saying that I read this book with the voice of Humphrey Bogart in my head! Now I know that sounds weird but this book is told in the first person by Eddy Boyle Private Investigator and it had such a feel of those old black and white movies that I automatically generated that voice to read this! If you enjoyed those Sam Spade crime noir thrillers then this will be an absolute treat for you.

When Eddy is contacted in a very discreet and convoluted way by Fletcher to find his missing daughter, he is drawn into a dark and devious world that could cost him everything. In fact I loved the underbelly of the criminal surroundings he found himself in as it gave the book a more up-to-date feel than it had up until then. Even Edie, the love interest here, came across as a kind of “gangsters” moll-a good girl gone bad who becomes involved with Eddy after a convenient meeting at a club. I found myself rooting for her and didn’t want her to be involved in anyway as I liked her flawed but charismatic personality.

As a crime thriller this did have a very old fashioned feel to it at times but it had a compelling plotline and brought something a little bit different to the missing child story that we see so much nowadays. It will definitely be interesting to see what the author does next with being the start of a new series.

Thank you to Bloodhound books for my advanced copy in return for an unbiased review.

The Girl With The White Flag: an Eddy Boyle thriller is available to buy at Amazon UK

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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