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The Kindred Killers – Graham Smith

I am in shock after reading Graham Smith’s The Kindred Killers – The Boulder has unleashed with such a force that it left me breathless! When Alfonse’s cousin and his family (wife and two children) are missing, he is worried sick and needs Jake’s help to investigate. Soon they discover their mutilated bodies…


Jake Boulder Thriller #2

When Alfonse comes to fetch Jake, in a drunken stupor as is quite common lately, he is furious. His cousin and his family are missing and if ever there was a time Alfonse needs the investigative powers of his friend, it is now. The Police, in the person of the incompetent Lieutenant Farrage (whose influential father is the only reason he still has a job) have dismissed the situation as a ‘domestic’. But Alfonse is convinced something is seriously off and, upon entering the cousin’s home and discovering the blood spatter, Jake can only concur his friend’s suspicions. Then Jake receives a phone call from the Chief of Police, Watson, who is reliable and intelligent which, alas, cannot be said for the rest of the local Police Force. What they discover is too gruesome to describe.


Upon examining the crime scene, Chief Watson and Jake are shocked by the sight of the horribly mutilated bodies of Alfonse’s cousin’s family. The cruelty, exposed by the murderers makes them sick to the stomach. How could anyone want to harm a nice and loving family with no enemies in the world? What could be the motive for these atrocious murders executed on children?! Jake knows he needs to investigate and, as in the last case (Watching the Bodies), he again forges an alliance with Chief Watson. The latter grudgingly agrees, fully aware that with Jake, he stands a chance to capture the killers for no man alone could have executed the murders. Jake immediately suspects the victims were targeted because of their skin colour, which would up the probability of finding the killers in racist circles. This has to be kept quiet for now – he impact on the local community would be huge.

No such luck though because the Casperton Gazette’s journalist, Ms Rosenberg (“a short New Yorker of Jewish extraction“), has already found out what is going on and, more importantly, how the victims were killed. Jake is in anguish for what will happen if this indeed was a racist attack. For that matter, will more people be targeted? Soon, we find out and dread for what will happen to Gazala, the employee of the local men’s clothing shop, when we follow her home after work… Meanwhile, Jake checks out the law firm where Alphonse’s cousin worked and the bank where his wife was an employee. And then there are the Algiers family, “a bunch of deadbeats,” known for their racist and aggressive behaviour. Are they behind the killings or do they know who is? The suspense heightens and Jake needs all his mental abilities and physical skills to investigate because before long, more gruesome occurrences take place, leaving no mistake about the abhorrent intentions of the killers.

My Thoughts

I am shocked and devastated after reading Kindred Killers – the second thriller featuring Jake Boulder. The murders are brutal and horrific, the reason why makes your teeth clench and you do not know whether to cry or be furious. I started reading the book late at night, just before midnight and trust me, that example should not be followed. You cannot go to sleep with those images burned into your mind and the only thing you can do is keep on reading this engrossing and gripping thriller and hope Jake catches the killer). Unleash the Boulder, that is how we welcome each new instalment in Graham Smith’s spellbinding Jake Boulder series and in this book, we want, no NEED him to be unleashed and lethal!

Those, who have read my review of the first in the series, ‘Watching the Bodies’, know that I have a soft spot for Chief Watson, the head of Police who does his utmost but, with the hand he has been dealt, that is never enough. I love how the author lets his protagonist Jake Boulder describe Watson’s eyes as showing the “pain and despair for the depths of depravity he encounters.” It shows Watson’s endearing and empathic character – did I mention I love him?? With regards to Jake, after I could have given him a lecture myself (Chief Watson did it !) I admired his persistence and his willingness to go beyond what is needed and once again, puts himself in dangerous situations. That almost weights against the horrific and cruel murders – and the harrowing topic of racism (as I am writing this, Charlotteville only just happened). I highly recommend this book and the series.

The Jake Boulder Thrillers:
#1 Watching the Bodies (my review)
#3 Past Echoes (my review)

About the Author

Graham Smith Author Image

Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been the manager of a hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight and making the usual progression through the Hardy Boys to adult novels. Since 2009,  he has been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Graham Smith considers writing “to be the most infuriatingly rewarding hobby imaginable” although he is well aware, in his own words, he is “the stenographer for the voices in his head.” Graham Smith is the founder of Crime and Publishment, crime-writing masterclasses which are held annually at the hotel he manages, The Mill Forge, sofar resulting in six attendees having gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Next to the Jake Boulder Thrillers, the author has written four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.

Book Info

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Hardcover   316 pages
 Publisher  The Kindred Killers (6 Sept 2017)
 ISBN  978-1912175529
 eBook  2288 KB (Bloodhound Books (12 Sept. 2017)

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