Title: TRUTH OR DEAD by T.J. Brearton
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 11th December
How far would you go to protect your kids?
On her drive to work, Heather Moss gets a phone call which will turn her life upside-down. If she doesn’t do what the caller wants, they will kill her two little girls.
An inmate dies in the county jail. He was a witness who could have brought down notorious criminal Mario Palumbo.
Special Agent Tom Lange is trying to get his life back together after losing his brother Nick. And he thinks Palumbo was responsible for Nick’s death.
Tom desperately wants the evidence to point to Palumbo, but it doesn’t all add up.
Can Tom protect Heather and bring down crime boss Palumbo? He faces a choice between the truth and getting the result he wants.
Set in Florida, this atmospheric thriller will keep you turning the pages till the tension-packed conclusion.
When Heather Moss answers the phone to hear a heavily disguised voice telling her if she doesn’t deliver a package to a man in prison, her little girls will die. Fearing for their lives she does what she’s told which results in the death of a man. In steps FDLE Agent Tom Lange, freshly back on duty after his brothers death, all the evidence seems to point to gangster Mario Palumbo the man he holds responsible for his brothers demise but it doesn’t sit right with Tom. He needs to uncover the truth before anyone else gets hurt.
So this is the second book in the Tom Lange series which I didn’t realise when I started reading it. It can be read as a stand alone but personally I would recommend you read the first, Dead Gone as I did feel like I was missing some information when I first started reading this.
I liked Tom Lange. I found him a good hearted character, much as he wants to uphold the law, he gets emotionally involved with Heather and her children and ends up bending the rules for them. Then there’s Heather, trying to live her life with her girls after the death of their father, who’d do anything to protect them, which even if you are not a mother or a father could probably understand that need to protect the ones you love.
The book contains some really nail biting scenes, not that many twists but there was plenty of mystery and murder to keep any crime fan entertained.
I also liked the fact that there’s a little glossary at the end of the book that explains what the FDLE is, as being from Britain I don’t quite understand the different types of American law enforcement.
But unfortunately there was a lot of legal jargon which I found a little hard to understand and I thought it lack a little bit of tension in places.
T.J. Brearton is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novels Gone and Dead Gone, both of which have ranked among Amazon Kindle’s top 100. His Titan trilogy has been an international best-seller. With Ted Magee, Brearton wrote Bare Knuckle, a martial arts film, and wrote and directed Breathe, about amateur MMA fighter Lane Buzzell on an undefeated streak.
He has written more than a dozen novels, mostly crime thrillers, including one paranormal mystery, and published short fiction in numerous literary journals. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with his wife and three children where he writes full time, takes out the trash, and competes with his kids for his wife’s attention.