It is my pleasure to share with you my #review of Past Echoes which is book 3 in the Jake Boulder series.
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Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.
Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.
In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.
Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?
I do love this Jake Boulder series his character has grown over the 3 books but they would still work very well as stand alone.
This story is slightly different in that there is a strong personal aspect to it. I like the way Jake is learning to love and that there is more to life than the fighting. His character develops in this book into a complex individual with deep feelings that are beginning to crawl their way to the surface.
It begins with the death of a dear friend who leaves a legacy to Jake in the form of a series of clues. Alongside this we have Jake’s brother John who needs a bone marrow donor so as well as solving clues Jake also needs to track down his estranged father.
The book is a mix of emotions and fast paced thrilling adventures that see Jake take on the might of the mafia. A bit far-fetched you may think! Not with Jake Boulder as the star of the show and Graham Smith behind the pen. This book is a very believable scenario where one (or 2 because we mustn’t forget the amazing Alfonzo) brilliant planning brain has every chance of out manoeuvring even the highest people in the mafia. Why he is provoked to do this is for you to find out.
Brilliantly written, fast paced and gripping this is Graham Smith at his very best. I am so pleased he is now working on Book 4 and I am hoping for many more in this series.
Many thanks to Bloodhound Books and Netgalley for the advance copy of this book.
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at