Blog Tour: All Down the Line
Updated: Mar 6
MANCHESTER: Cain Bell thought he had closure over the hit and run death of his daughter. Ted Blake had confessed he was the behind the wheel just before he died. Twenty years on and Cain’s world is thrown upside down when his fiancé claims the driver was lying. Before she says more, a savage attack leaves her in a coma fighting for her life. To find out why Cain must uncover why four friends swore blind to never tell the truth about his daughter’s death. Now, he must persuade Manchester’s most terrifying gangster to reveal the secrets that kept hidden for two decades. And Billy McGinty is in no mood to break his own wall of silence. Unless Cain can persuade him to talk, even if it means putting his own life on the line.
I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own.
It should have been the happiest day of Cain Bell’s life – his restaurant is a roaring success, and the love of his life has just accepted his proposal. Things couldn’t be going any better, but a brutal attack along one of Manchester’s canals turns Cain’s world upside down.
All Down the Line by Andrew Field is a non-stop thriller that keeps you on your toes. I smashed through this book in about three days – I couldn’t put the book down! Andrew Field has captured the essence of Manchester in his words – he’s got the setting and the characters’ personalities down to a t.
The story follows Cain as he tries to figure out who’s been in his quest to find his daughter’s killer. I do feel sorry for Cain – his whole world is thrust upside down in an instant. People he thought he knew and could trust turn out to be liars. His beautiful fiancé suddenly turns into a stranger and he discovers his daughter’s murderer might be closer to home than he first thought. As you delve into Cain’s life and history, more and more questions crop up that you wonder if they’ll ever be answered. You feel Cain’s frustration and pain at losing his daughter, the love of his life, and everything he ever thought to be true.
Field has created an array of colourful characters inhabiting an extremely accurate version of Manchester. The Manchester accent shines through in Field’s writing and his crazily accurate description of places in Manchester transports you to the streets of this northern power.
I loved this book, it’s one that I’ll come back to again and again and see if I can spot anything new. Field’s writing is captivating and thrilling, it really draws you in. You’ll like All Down the Line if you enjoyed things like Sherlock, the Bodyguard, etc.
About Andrew Field:
Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR consultant raising the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight with All Down The Line (published in 2020).
He handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural partnerships with TV and media platforms. Clients have also included a convicted armed bank robber and another who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail, although he didn’t know about their colourful backstories at the time. “I’d quizzed them more about their experiences. After all, hard-boiled grimness all adds to the mix, even if it is anecdotal.”
“Authors are by definition are relatively introverted. They work in isolation and inhabit imaginary world of their own creation. They can spend years staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves.”
“Fiction is a great way to write about how you feel personally about this great thing we do called living. We disguise it by calling it crime fiction, but behind the genre there is a world view being expressed. In my eyes, the memorable books, films and music, good or bad, are the ones you’re still thinking about 24 or 48 hours after you finished reading, watching or listening.”
What can readers expect from Andrew’s work? “If you’re into noir from the likes of James Lee Burke, James Cain, James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Ted Lewis, Ed McBain and Jim Thompson, you’ll see where I am coming from.”
Andrew lives, works and plays in Northumberland, England, Europe, with his wife Catherine. A novella, Wicked Games was published in 2014. Without Rules in 2018 by Boomslang. All Down The Line will be published in December 2020.
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Published by Boomslang Books on 7th December 2020