Black is the Colour – Seamus Connolly

4/5

Intro

Revenge is planned and plotted in minute detail in this dark story. With lots of sub-plots, tragedy and humour, it’s definitely one to look out for.  

Synopsis

It has been almost three decades since the brutal murder of a young father took place on the streets of Glasgow.

Fleeing the country as a child Cal Lynch returns to Scotland a man, a lawyer, determined to exact vengeance on the gangster who killed his father and tore his family apart.

His desired retribution would be complex and challenging. He had dreamed, trained and prepared for the day of his return.

Falling in love was not part of the plan.

As Cal’s revenge on Eddie Quinn draws ever closer, what happens next will leave him broken and fighting for his very existence.

Black Is The Colour is a gritty gangland tartan noir thriller set against the turbulent backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.

Review

Seamus Connolly brings out the big guns in this one. A past murder, a mysterious lawyer coming back to his hometown and a drug baron who protests his innocence to anyone who will listen. 

This book had me gripped, I read it in three short chunks and was excited to see where he took it. 

The characters were all likeable and really well-written. I could imagine this as a 3 part drama on ITV, it was that descriptive! Connolly does a fantastic job of drawing you in, and making you believe one thing whilst doing magic and revealing a fantastic trick at the last minute. 

The sub-plots of Mikey, Tubbs and Mairi-Clare trying to get into the orchestra, and Mairi-Clare and Mary doing their prayers for a church service are a light relief from the darkness surrounding Cal Lynch and Eddie Quinn and the drug empire that was swirling around them. 

The finale was unlike most crime fiction where it was revealed that a lot of different threads had been thought of, planned out and connected in such a way to make you believe that everything was unrelated. 

I highly recommend this book, it is well written and a great example of how things are not always as they seem. 

A huge thank you to Seamus and Zooloo’s Book Tours for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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