Jake is a loner who works nights in a Darwin motel and lives at the YMCA. He’s in love with Angel, a Thai prostitute who works out of the low-rent Shark Motel.

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A vicious murder turns Jake’s life into a nightmare. He must fight for his life on the heat-soaked streets of Darwin and Bangkok in the wet season, to get revenge, and to get his life back.

My Review

This is a short, snappy, fast-paced read. Not my usual genre. Very strange to have a first person narrative written by a main character (Jake) who is schizophrenic, a casual drug user, wastes his money on stupid bets which you know he’s going to lose (I could have slapped him at these times) and is highly aggressive and keeps getting into fights, but still has a sense of moral duty when it comes to helping others. And no-one else, including horrid police officer Cooper, can understand why Jake loves prostitute Angel and will do anything to help her and avenge her murder.

I cannot pretend that I didn’t find some of this book quite shocking. Without being sexist and making sweeping generalisations, I felt that this is a book written by a man for men. It’s not just the trivialisation of the rife prostitution in Bangkok (just something that goes on) or the police corruption in Darwin, but the use of bad language throughout, the sex, the constant drug use by almost everyone Jake knows, and the violence that lurks everywhere. I found some of the graphic descriptions rather distasteful but the story is so good I did not let it distract me. I’m a big girl now. I can handle it.

It’s definitely not a slow burn. It’s like being hit over the head with a stone in a sock – not that I’ve ever experienced that, thank goodness. It smacks you in the face like Jake’s punches from Tommy and then gives you a good kicking for good measure. It will not be for everyone so be warned if you are easily offended and stay clear. However, if you love a ride as fast as Bangkok’s motorcycle taxis, then read this. It’s clever, exciting and…well you’ll have to read it to find out. Excellent stuff.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Sean O’Leary has published two short story collections My Town and Walking.  His novella Drifting was the winner of the ‘Great Novella Search 2016’ and published in September 2017. He has published over thirty individual short stories and is a regular contributor of short fiction to Quadrant, FourW, Sudo, Close to the Bone (UK) and other literary and crime magazines. His crime novella The Heat, set in Darwin and Bangkok, was published in August 2019. Drifting and The Heat are both available on Amazon. His interviews with crime writers appear online in Crime Time magazine.

He has worked in a variety of jobs including motel receptionist, rubbish removalist/tree lopper, farm hand, short-order cook and night manager in various hotels in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross. He has lived in: Melbourne; Naracoorte; Sydney; Adelaide; Perth; Fremantle; Norseman; Geraldton; Carnarvon; Broome; Yulara; Alice Springs; Kakadu; Darwin and on Elcho Island-Galiwinku. He now lives in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, thinks that test cricket is the greatest game of all and supports Melbourne Football Club (a life sentence). He writes every day, likes travelling and tries to walk everywhere.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seanolearyaustralianwriter

Website: http://seanolearyauthor.simplesite.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oleary4119/

Purchase Links:

Australian Bookseller link:  https://www.busybird.com.au/shop/the-heat/ 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Heat-Sean-OLeary/dp/1925949184

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heat-Sean-OLeary/dp/1925949184

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35NihZp

5 Comments on “The Heat by Sean O’Leary

  1. Dear Veronica Jordan, Thanks for being part of the blog tour. I’m sorry you were offended but it makes me smile too. Yesterday’s two reviews thought I got Bangkok spot on and its not all about the bad side. I rave about the food, the weather, how alive it is night, etc etc Anyhow, thanks for reading it and you write very well. Your review reads beautifully. Sean Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    • Ha ha! I’m not offended at all. Just a bit outside my comfort zone. I read and review some very gory stuff about serial killers etc but the drugs and prostitution are the part that shock most. Thanks for the compliment about my writing. From a published author that’s really something. Good luck with the book.

  2. Hi Veronika, I read the review again and it’s really quite positive. I sort of got put off by you saying you found it shocking etc but you gave my small book a fair go. Thanks. Sean O’Leary Writer: The Heat              Drifting 

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