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‘Winter’s End’ by John Rickards


‘”I don’t know why Jimmy insists on playing him,” Sheriff Dale Townsend says, raising his voice over the hammering rain and the swish of the Jeep’s wipers. “It’s obvious the guy just isn’t on form. His confidence is gone, he’s tensed up and he’s gripping the bat too hard. Jimmy should rest him a couple of games, give him chance to get his head right, then bring him back for the end of the season run-in.”

His companion, Deputy Andy Miller, keeps both hands on the wheel and his eyes firmly on the pool of light in front of the vehicle. “Rendall hit three-eighty last year,’ he says. ‘You can’t write off a guy like that, especially when we could still make the title. He’ll come good.”‘


They say that the first lines of a story, are always the most difficult to set down on paper. It seems to me, that they may also be the most definitive, as I find they often set the scene in my mind, even before I have turned the first page.


I have to say that those first few lines didn’t really ‘do it’ for me, as I am not interested in reading  about sport. I did have to rely quite heavily on the synopsis to make my decision about this one and so far it is clear that those opening lines bear little resemblance to the ensuing story, but are simply a conversation between two colleagues who are in a car together.

So far this has proved to be an excellent, edge-of-the-seat, psychological crime thriller, whose end-game is still far from clear.


As usual, so as to avoid too many unwanted spoilers, I have not included a full synopsis of the book in this post. However to find out a little more about the story before deciding whether it is your ‘cup of tea’ or not, you can click on the book image.


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If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

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This book is from my own burgeoning ‘To Be Read’ mountain, where it has obviously been languishing for some time, as I notice that it was first published way back in 2003.


UPDATE 14th APRIL 2012

You can read my thoughts about ‘Winter’s End’ by clicking here



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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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