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First published in 2002, by Planetree Press, Deadman’s Roulette is a fast-paced, contemporary thriller set at the turn of the century. When travel shop manager Luke Jordan discovers that his gay brother, Danny, has hung himself, he sets out discover a motive. Fuelled by guilt over an argument that took place two years previously, Luke tries to come to terms with the death by trying to find friends of his brother’s in the Gay Village area of Manchester.
There he meets the kind-hearted drag queen, Lulu who reveals that Danny’s previous partner, Tony Green, was involved in criminal activities and he may well have obtained Danny’s photographic shop in an underhand way.
As Luke delves deeper into the hidden life of his brother, he discovers that people are taking an interest in him. His regular visits to the casino are and who is the stalker outside the flat? Meanwhile, his obsession leads to his already shaky marriage becoming even more strained. Will Luke ever find out the truth?
5 star review form Amazon.com
Deadman’s Roulette was an interesting read to say the least. It all starts with Luke finding the body of his brother, who seems to have committed a suicide. However, as he sets out to find the reason behind it, we quickly learn the truth is much more complicated.
The story touches darker topics and keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time. Green, Lulu, Jean, and others – the character all feel real. You just can’t help but sympathize with them or hate them, depending on what they did. While I won’t spoil it, I’d just like to say that the ending was beautiful and exactly what I hoped for after the previous darkness.
I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.