Happy Publication Day to Owen Mullen on launching his latest thriller The Family into the world.
What’s the book about?
Family – might be the death of you…
The Glass family business is crime, and they’re good at what they do. Vengeance took Luke Glass behind bars – but now he’s free and he’s never going back. Luke wants out of the gangster life – all he has to do is convince his family to let him go.
His brother holds the reins of the South London underworld in his brutal hands – nobody tells Danny Glass no and expects to live – not even DCI Oliver Stanford, bent copper and one of the Met’s rising stars. The way Danny sees it, his younger brother and sister Nina owe him everything. The price he demands is loyalty, and a war with their arch enemy gives him the leverage he needs to tie Luke to the family once more.
Luke can’t see a way out, until Danny commits a crime so terrible it can’t be forgiven. Love turns to hate when secrets are unearthed which pit brother against brother. Left with no choice but to choose a side, Nina holds the fate of the family in her hands.
In the Glass family, Owen Mullen has created a crime dynasty to rival the Richardsons and the Krays. Heart-pounding, jaw-dropping with non-stop action.
What can you expect?
While Owen has always been a crime writer, his latest book marks a slight departure from his previous titles and sees him make a move into the ‘Gangland’ genre. The reader responses suggest that this a move he’s well suited to.
With official blog tour reviews yet to be posted I accessed the Netgalley feedback to give you a flavour without stepping on other bloggers toes and spoiling the reviews to come.
The consensus is, that this a dark and gritty thriller with all the hallmarks of the gangland style that readers of the genre love. It’s been likened to books by Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller which is no pretty impressive.
No self respecting gangland thriller would be complete without rival crime families and bent police officers thrown into the mix. Owen gives us a mix that was described as ‘visceral’, ‘violent’ and ‘vicious’ all adding up to a book that was ‘compelling’ ‘thrilling’ and ‘addictive’.
I think it’s fair to say it’s not a book for the faint hearted, but it’s been very well received with lovers of the genre. So much so I hope that Owen has a book 2 (or even 3) up his sleeve.
Here’s what Julie at Whispering Stories had to say if you want to head over for her review.
In the world of the gangster, you have to be ruthless and without exception, the main participants in this story fit the bill. ‘…‘Family’ will appeal to fans of the hard-hitting thriller genre … it was a great read and I have no hesitation in awarding five stars.
Readers of Owen’s previous books have noted that,
‘Owen Mullen knows how to ramp up the action just when it’s needed… he never fails to give you hard-hitting thrillers that have moments that will stay with you forever…’
‘One of the very best thriller writers I have ever read.’
‘Owen Mullen writes a good story, he really brings his characters to life and the endings are hard to guess and never what you expected.’
About the author
Bestselling author Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His great love for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where all of his crime thrillers were created.