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King of the Streets by John Baker

King of the Streets

by John Baker

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John Baker’s series featuring British PI Sam Turner is one of my favourites and King of the Streets didn’t let me down. This is the third entry that continues on with the story of Sam Turner, a recovering alcoholic and the motley crew that work with him. This time we find them tackling a couple of murder cases, that they slowly come to realize are connected.

What I love most about these books are the characters. There’s world-weary Sam constantly having to battle his demons, loveable Geordie who was a homeless youth that Sam took under his wing, the over-educated yet street smart Celia who acts as receptionist and mother figure and of course Barney, the dog. These characters are filled with heart, wit and a strong sense of caring for each other.

Of course, the plot itself is important and in this case our crew find their investigations lead to the tough, gritty side of town and introduces them to a world of fear and pain. While not shirking from picturing the violence and sleaze, the author writes in a dark and humorous way that moves the story along at a brisk pace. King of the Streets is another winner. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Aug 7, 2012 |
There are several reviews of King of the Streets on my blog.
  johnbakeronline | Apr 25, 2010 |
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What with tracking her husband's killer for the woman from Scottish Widows, and investigating the death of a teenage runaway, Sam Turner has enough on his plate. Without a mentally defective King Kong lookalike trashing his office and trying to throw him in the river, car and all. And he could certainly do without Frank Taylor, a bad-news gang boss from Manchester with some very nasty habits and even nastier tastes...'John Baker brings heart, invention and wit to the business of adapting the tough-guy novel to the realities of contemporary Britain ...King of the Streets will depress the local tourist board but bring cheer to crime and mystery readers' Ian Ousby, Independent on Sunday

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