A group of vigilantes are carrying out a campaign of harassment against the homeless, hounding them both verbally and physically to get them off the streets.
Jimmy Mullen is approached by his friend Gadge, who wants to confront the people behind it but Jimmy has finally got his life back on track. He’s working at a hostel for 18 to 25-year-olds and he’s reluctant to get involved in anything dodgy.
Gadge decides to go it alone but is attacked by two of the vigilantes. The police find him unconscious in an alley, covered in blood. Problem is, there’s a dead body in the alley too and it’s his blood that Gadge is covered in. He’s also got the murder weapon in his hand.
Convinced that Gadge has been set up, and feeling guilty that he didn’t back him up in the first place, Jimmy returns to the streets to try and find out who’s behind his friend’s difficulties.
Unfortunately, he’s about to discover that Gadge has a lot of enemies to choose from.
I’ve been a fan of this crime series from the start when Ella Patel invited me to be involved with the promotion of The Man on the Street, reviewed here. I was similarly involved with One Way Street (reviewed here) and was delighted to be involved with Dead End Street. The third and final instalment in the street life of rough diamond, Jimmy Mullen.
Commencing this book felt like a return to old friends, one of the things that I love about a series is the familiarity of the characters as the books progress and this was no exception. The three musketeers -Jimmy, Deano and Gadge are back, things have moved on but this friendship remains solid and when Gadge finds himself imprisoned under suspicion of murder Jimmy does not hesitate to help prove his innocence.
A strong plot drives this story as Jimmy seeks to uncover who would want to frame Gadge and in doing so he not only learns more about his friend but also gets caught up with a local gang leader who is also invested in uncovering the truth, although for differing reasons. With a familiar cast of supporting characters and an authentic but gritty storyline, this book ticked all the boxes for fans of this genre. A real page turner, I devoured this book over the course of a weekend.
The trilogy is now concluded and while I have enjoyed the escapades of Jimmy and friends, and indeed feel slightly sad that his story is now finished, I am left full of admiration for the author who has completed this fictional series on a high point rather than seeking to further develop these characters at a risk of loosing some authenticity of storylines.
About the Author
Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for twenty-five years and considers himself an adopted Geordie. He’s a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for sixteen years. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA. The Man on the Street, his first novel, was published to widespread critical acclaim and won the 2020 CWA New Blood Dagger. One Way Street, his second novel, was equally praised. Dead End Street is his third.