A witness with no victim. A crime with no crime scene…

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When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows. When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect … and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.

A nerve-shattering and brutally realistic thriller, Blood Red City bursts with energy and grit from the opening page, twisting and feinting to a superb, unexpected ending that will leave you breathless.

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My Review

Excellent read. Fast-paced, exciting with two brave protagonists who come together to find everyone is guilty and almost no-one can be trusted. But can they trust each other?

At times you will really have to concentrate to know what is going on. I had to re-read some pages to work out who is who and what is what. This is not my usual genre but I was certainly hooked from start to finish.

Lydia Wright works for a newspaper. While investigating some dodgy business dealings and having almost outed the perpetrator, she was stopped in her tracks. Now she is relegated to the night shift where she has to trawl social media and celebrity gossip pages to write about stuff she has no interest in. Then she is sent the video of the murder on the train and she is on the trail of the killer and back in the role of investigative journalist before you can say boo to a goose. And knowing Lydia, she will not let go until she uncovers the truth, which turns out to be far more intricate and contrived than she can possibly imagine.

I liked Lydia as a protagonist (she swears too much for my liking) but nowhere near as much as I liked Michael Stringer. At first he seems like a hired thug who deals in information, but you soon realise he has a conscience, especially where his sister and niece are concerned. And for some reason, he is drawn to Lydia and wants to protect her. Personally, I think he fancies her like mad, but that is never even hinted at.

Apart from having all his limbs intact and wearing much smarter clothes, I was reminded a little of Cormoran Strike in the Robert Galbraith novels. Enigmatic, complicated personal life, split from his wife, caring for his sister, often living out of a suitcase and always in trouble or annoying someone dangerous. But that’s where the similarity ends. And Stringer is skinny (like a string bean?) and with a less glamorous background.

When this comes to TV (and I’m sure it will) I can once again cast David Tennant in the lead role, but I’ll need to think carefully about Lydia. Anyone who has read my reviews know I love to cast the heroes and villains of the books I review for film or TV!

Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours

About the author

Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018). The Guardian have called the books ‘Pitch-perfect American noir’. A lifelong Londoner, in 2020 Orenda Books will publish his first novel set in his hometown, Blood Red City. Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer and holds and MA in novel writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.

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