Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Lenny by B.R. Stateham + #Giveaway

Lenny by B.R. Stateham 
Published in February 2020 by Fahrenheit Press
Genre: Mystery

A More Than One challenge read

Lenny has stared death in the face many times, from the jungles of Thailand & Vietnam to the mountain passes of Afghanistan. Now after a career of service he’s back in his hometown of Ballard, Texas, looking for what comes next. Sheriff Greene knows an asset when he sees one and it’s not long before he signs Lenny up as his new deputy in the fight against the narcotics cartel that has over-run their quiet border town. 20 years in the army have taught Lenny never to underestimate the things people are capable of but as the bullets begin to fly and the casualties begin to mount it’s just possible that his investigation may bring him closer to home than he ever expected. 

Praise for B.R. Stateham 

“Cooler than a fridge full of beer...”“ 

This is modern noir at its very best...” 

“B.R. Stateham is at the top of his game right now...” 

“Lenny may be the best thing B.R. Stateham has ever written, and as readers of his work will know, that’s quite a high bar to hit.” 

“B.R. Stateham has created an action packed tale - another winner from Fahrenheit Thirteen...” 

Gazing down the almost empty highway toward town he swept a hand over his lips and jawline a second time and squinted his eyes. Coming down the road in the growing twilight was a pickup truck. A Dodge pickup truck.
As it approached he thought about throwing up a thumb and hitching a ride. Maybe it was headed for Amarillo. Maybe it was time to take the sheriff’s advice. Maybe it was time to leave Ballard for good. Funny how shit happens. How half-baked plans get tossed out the window.
The brown Dodge slowed and swerved toward him. For a moment he was bathed in low beams before the pickup slid to a stop a couple of feet in front of him. Standing there, Lenny watched the passenger side front door
window slide down. In the semi-light he had to step closer to see who was sitting behind the wheel.
“Hello, cuz.”
A voice he recognized. Even after all these long years away.
“Hello, Miguel. Good to see you.”
Miguel Luiz Sanchez. His mother’s sister’s oldest son. Same age as he was. The oldest of four boys and three sisters. But that was twenty years ago. He had no idea who was alive today. Who was dead.
“Come on,” Miguel grunted, waving a hand for Lenny to open the door and get in.
“Where are we going?” he asked.
“Been in town for two weeks, cuz. Getting drunk and getting into fights. The whole family knows you’re back in town. Time to clean up. Dry out. Time to go home.”
Time to go home. Like a hammer blow right between his eyes. Time to go home. Home? Here in Ballard? After all these years? After what happened in the past?

Lenny is the second B R Stateham novel I have read and this one inhabits a very different world from the previous noir thriller, Dark Retribution. Now we are transported to rural Texas, a stiflingly hot land of dusty rough track roads and long running family feuds. I was impressed with Stateham's affinity for his Texas locale. He really brought small town Ballard to life so I could envisage the place and people as they appear to Lenny after his long absence from his hometown, Ballard.

Lenny himself is intriguing because he is quite introverted for what essentially is an action character. As readers we are given privileged access to his thoughts and opinions, but I didn't feel I ever got as insightful an impression of him as I did for other characters around him such as the indomitable Sheriff Greene or Lenny's wonderfully stubborn grandmother, Evita. I criticised Stateham's portrayal of women in Dark Retribution, so I was pleased to encounter much more realistic women here in Texas, Evita and Winona being my favourites.

Lenny (the story rather than the character) does suffer from the trope of everything seeming only to kick off once the hero makes his arrival in town. I could understand Vernon's thinking that life could be much quieter again if Lenny (the character) just upped and left! Stateham keeps up a good pace so even accounting for Lenny's continued musing over his family's past, this book felt like an exciting read with several unexpected outcomes to tense scenes.

I believe that Lenny is intended to be the first of a series and, while the narrative arc is nicely wrapped up to make this a satisfying standalone novel, Stateham has also left sufficient threads to be picked up in future tales. I like the idea of his transposing elements of noir thriller writing, which I tend to associate more with urban settings, to this rural Texas locale. The contrasts work well and Stateham's understanding of these people authentically roots his tale.

B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-year-old body. But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue. 

Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive. He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime. He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy. 

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  1. It's not my favourite cover, I would likely judge this book by it had I not read the above, it does sound a good book

  2. From the cover I don't think it's a book for me. A bit macho. Is that a tank in the background?

  3. I am intrigqued by the book-- it sounds good to me. Thank you for the opportunity!

  4. the cover looks really intriguing!

  5. The cover portrays an old Ford (I think) pickup truck abandoned somewhere out in open country. And alas, I will admit, the book is a bit macho in nature. But one which has a main character filled with angst as well. It's a choice for each reader. If you like dark noir, you'll hopefully like this one. If you don't like the genre, obviously its not for you. Completely acceptable.

  6. Looks good - something I'd like to read. Thanks for the competition!

  7. A really striking cover, I would love to read this

  8. I really like the illustration on the front cover, very artistic

  9. I like the cover, and it's a book I would find interesting.

  10. I LOVE the cover and from the excerpt it has the making of a mini series or possibly a film. Worth a read for sure.

  11. Lovely cover sounds and looks like an interesting book

  12. I like the cover it looks interesting