Review - Two Days, Iain Ryan

Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Current readers of TWO DAYS will be greatly relieved to know that DRAINLAND (Book 1) was released in early August 2016 because this novella is the prequel and it would be very unfair if we had to wait for the full show.

Iain Ryan does a particularly good job when it comes to noir set in unlikely places. He's also particularly good at action scenes, a constant level of menace and threat, creating good twisty plots, and putting it all together with a good sense of time, place and some engaging characters.

What more, after all, could the thriller reader want. There's politics, corruption, vice, tropical islands and a hand-delivered message from a heavy. This particular setting, the vice-ridden tropical island, creates a really interesting sort of a closed room scenario if you've got time to consider those sorts of things, what with the anti-hero character, John Dannen, busily trying to survive in a very weird world.

Everything in TWO DAYS indicates that DRAINLAND is going to be a hell of a read - and it's there, ready to go for anybody who gets hooked by this short, sharp and particularly engaging prequel.

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A political operative in search of a Senator’s wayward son. A vice-ridden tropical island. This case is way, way too much…

John Dannen is a mysterious and violent man, employed by a powerful Senator. The Senator’s son is causing trouble and even worse, he’s doing it on Tunnel Island, a neon hell-hole run by gambling conglomerates, organized crime and a corrupt police force. But the case is simple enough: hand-deliver a message, get out alive..

On Tunnel Island, Dannen quickly finds himself in conflict with a dangerous and weird collection of local residents. Out of his depth and desperate, he’s forced to improvise, with bloody and unexpected results.

Two Days is the prequel to Drainland, Book 1 in a new series of noir crime mysteries. If you like hardboiled stories, gritty crime mysteries, and a dash of tropical paradise, then you’ll love Iain Ryan’s fast-paced page-turner.

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