One of the things I enjoy most in life is reading a great book. I’ve always been someone with the head in a book when time allows. I try to read at least 2 books month, but sometimes that might be less or sometimes that might be more. Either way, I don’t read on a kindle. I prefer to have the real book in my hands.
Early last year, author J. J. Hensley asked me if I wanted to do an early review on his latest book, Chalk’s Outline. I was more than happy to give it a whirl and if you take a look back at that review, I was not disappointed. J.J. has a great writing style. One of the things I enjoy most about his books is how he incorporates a little bit of Pittsburgh in each one. I’m truly a sucker for anything Pittsburgh. He brings his real life experience in law enforcement to make the details in his books factual.
So when J.J. reached out to me again about his newest book, Bolt Action Remedy, I was intrigued. Unlike his other books, this one brought out a new character, Trevor Galloway. Like his other protagonists, Trevor has a dark past. I actually had a chance to ask J.J. about this at his book release even at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop this past weekend. I have noticed in his books that the protagonist, while they hold a “hero” position in their work, are always far from that perfect ideal hero. He stated that he didn’t want the perfect guy and this shows in the issues that former Pittsburgh narcotics detective, Galloway battles. Even with the battles they face, you can’t help but want to be their friend and get to know more about them.
In Hensley’s fourth book, Galloway found himself way outside of Pittsburgh in Centre County, PA, looking into the death of a prominent businessman. From his initial thoughts, he didn’t understand why this case was still open. The scenario leant to only a few very skilled people being able to pull off a murder like that. Those skills involved being highly proficient at skiing and shooting at the same time.
Then Galloway learned that the victim’s neighboring property belonged to a top-notch biathlon training camp. This isn’t a mainstream sport, so this was an interesting twist to throw into the story line. I even learned a few things along the way. Then things were not perhaps not that easy. Maybe this case was not as easy as it seemed.
Along the way to finding the truth, Galloway didn’t make the greatest entrance in the small town of Washaway Township. He might have been making some headway in the case, but he certainly wasn’t making friends. While making new enemies, his past enemies were slowly catching up with him. Galloway felt someone was following him, but was it fact? Or was his past forced drug habit catching up? Bolt Action Remedy has a lot of twists and turns. Throughout the books, several times I found myself thinking that I had figured it out, only to be wrong as I turned the page. I probably read this book in about a day and a half as I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know the final outcome.
Bolt Action Remedy was released as of October 2nd, so grab your copy now. The best part, is that at the release party, I found out that this will in fact be a Trilogy. The second book, Record Scratch, is the next installment and should hopefully be out Spring of 2018. It will be interesting to see what happens next to Galloway. And don’t forget Hensley’s other books. While they don’t have Galloway, they are still page-turners that I guarantee you won’t be able to put down.