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Detective, Mystery & Thriller

Pay the Penance – Rob Ashman

Wow! What a grand finale to the Mechanic Trilogy! I love Pay the Penance, once again was deeply fascinated by Mechanic, such a complex character created by Rob Ashman, and I am going to miss them all, Lucas, Mechanic, Harper and Moran!


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The final Mechanic book opens with what seems an innocent scene: a grandfather and his grandchildren, enjoying time together… The next scene brings us Mechanic, the serial killer, en route in Italy to .. murder, this time a professional hit.

For Mechanic, it is business as usual but for Police Lieutenant Lucas it is quite different. After the devastating blow Mechanic dealt him, he was “fast joining him (Harper – Lucas’ predecessor) in the gutter.” And they have not even heard the latest horrific news that again will inflame their hatred and fuel their hunger for revenge…


Could Lucas and Harper ever live a ‘normal’ life with Mechanic existing in the same world as theirs? Both men somehow find the strength to go after Mechanic and they are certain, whether they will survive or not, it will be the last time. To execute their plan, they have to know where Mechanic is.

Follow the money – a task for which they need Las Vegas Detective Moran. The ambitious young woman has difficulty with the aftermath of what happened. Before she was involved with Lucas and Harper she saw her future quite clearly and now Moran has no idea who she is.

Furthermore, if anyone in the force ever found out what she had done, it would bring about the end of her career. When Harper talks Moran into helping them to locate Mechanic, she is not happy but has no other choice but to cooperate. However, her chef wants an unsolved murder case to be investigated and Moran is desperate to divert her chief’s attention because it will show Mechanic’s connection…

With Moran feeling the pressure from her Chief and Harper and Lucas on the other side, she comes near to losing it. Her participation is the final draw for her career but, then again, she understands the need to stop Mechanic once and for all. In their search for Mechanic, the three of them go far and move in dangerous circles.

Meanwhile, Mechanic is experiencing problems that should have been dealt with but have come back with a vengeance. Between the professional hits and the personal problems, we are witness to Mechanic’s tormenting thoughts and cruel actions and fear this will end explosively…

Will Harper and Lucas track down Mechanic and finally get their revenge? To create the perfect opportunity, Lucas and Harper have a crazy and dangerous scheme that involves them walking into the lion’s den. Everyone involved has ulterior motives and nothing is what it seems but someone will have to Pay the Penance

My Thoughts

I cannot believe I will never read about Mechanic again! I totally loved this series and was hooked from the start. It is gripping, at times extremely chilling and I felt for most of the characters in the book! Apart from being a hell of a read, the series opens up discussions into the fascinating topics of fate and nature versus nurture. What is it about fate that some people go through life without experiencing any setbacks, whereas others are a target for bad omens?

Watching Mechanic develop from childhood, it seems obvious nurture is the cause of the serial killer’s behaviour. But then again, the relentlessness of this sadistic murderer.. the tenancy with which the shield towards the outer world was kept in place and the force with which the serial killer focuses on taking lives, that indicates nature’s influence as well.

These questions kept hurtling through my mind as I witnessed the story evolve and how all the characters were scarred by fate and, up to a certain point, beyond repair. It is fascinating to see and boy, what a tale Rob Ashman has woven in his three books! I love his writing style with the dark humour shimmering through, not afraid to shock readers with gruesome details. Then again, the violence is fitting to the story.

I loved the author showing us Mechanic’s inner turmoil – it could have been easy to create a one-dimensional cold-hearted killer, but it is impressive that Rob Ashman chose to give ‘body’ to Mechanic by showing us the character’s inner demons and convoluted background. This last book of the Trilogy is complex and dark and takes you on a horrifying and spine-chilling journey aboard an out-of-control roller coaster speeding forward towards the inevitable but shocking climax. The Mechanic Trilogy. A must-read.

The Mechanic Trilogy: 
#1 Those That Remain – my review
#2 IIn Your Name – my review
#3 Pay the Penance 

Other books by Rob Ashman:

The DI Rosalind Kray series:
#1 Facelessmy review
#2 This Little Piggy – my review
#3 Suspended Retribution – my review
#4 Jadedmy review 

The DS Malice Series:
#1 Killing Pretties
#2 Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies

About the Author

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Rob Ashman is a British author, originally from Wales but since twenty years now living in North Lincolnshire with his wife and two daughters. Rob worked, as most Welsh Valley boys did, in a coal mine before entering University. He worked in a variety of consulting jobs until he finally decided to ‘listen to the voices in his head’ and start his writing career. The story of ‘Mechanic’ is a book that somehow was stuck in his head for almost twenty-five years; when, due to personal circumstances, Rob had to take three months leave to care for his parents, writing down the story in his head became his way of coping. The result of four years of writing: the birth of ‘The Mechanic Trilogy’ a thrilling crime series.

Book Info

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 Pages  282
 Publisher  Bloodhound Books (31 July 2017)
 ISBN (paperback)  978-1912175475
 ASIN (e-book)  1062 KB (8 Aug 2017)

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