Reviewed by: Keith Nixon
Genre: Crime / Thriller / Mystery
Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words
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Rewan Tremethick was named after a saint who was impervious to wolves. In his career Rewan has tried his hand at many roles, from stand-up to radio presenting. Fallen on Good Times is his debut novel.
Laslo Kane is a private investigator in the small town of Pilgrims Wane. He’s not the best of detectives, in fact he’s terrible when it comes to traditional cases he’s downright terrible. But Laslo doesn’t investigate ordinary crimes, he deals with the extraordinary.
This is an interesting novel with a lot to like plus it’s a little different to the norm. Fallen… is set in 1920 and tips a heavy wink to American gangster tales with plenty of observations and slang relevant to the period.
However on top of this is an element of the supernatural thrown in. Most of the residents of Pilgrims Wane are totally unaware of what goes on around them –the existence and activities of werewolves, ogres, ghosts and vampires. Even Laslo’s ex-girlfriend, who he split with in order to protect her knows nothing.
The way the supernatural aspect is introduced by the author is subtle initially. The odd word or phrase thrown in here and there. Initially I thought Fallen… was based in another dimension. Not so. As a result this makes the paranormal more acceptable and believable because the reader gradually gets used to the new norm. It’s nicely done and adds to the reading experience.
From a technical perspective Fallen… is good fun, there are wisecracks galore, particularly from Laslo himself who narrates the story in the first person. He’s a fun and likable guy. The pace is high and there’s plenty of intrigue, on top of the supernatural element, to revel in.
Overall this is more than a decent debut novel that’s worth picking up. I’m interested to see the next installment.
A few repeat words later in the novel.
Rating: **** Four Stars