Book Title: Bolt Action Remedy
Author: J.J. Hensley
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Trevor Galloway #1
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Police Procedural
Pub Date: 10/02/17
Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into the year-old homicide of a prominent businessman who was gunned down on his estate in Central Pennsylvania. When Galloway arrives, he determines the murder could have only been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas: Skiing and shooting. He believes the assailant should not be too difficult to identify given the great amount of skill and athleticism needed to pull off the attack. When he discovers the victim’s property is next door to a biathlon training camp, the situation becomes significantly more complicated.
Galloway makes plenty of enemies as he sifts through stories about lucrative land deals, possible drug connections, and uncovers evidence suggesting the homicide may have been elaborate suicide. As he attempts to navigate through an unfamiliar rural landscape, he does his best not to succumb to an old drug addiction, or become confused by one of his occasional hallucinations. Oh, and a Pittsburgh drug gang enforcer known as The Lithuanian—if he’s even real—is tracking Galloway and wants to take his eyes. Galloway would rather keep those.
In Bolt Action Remedy, the typically quiet streets of Washaway Township, Pennsylvania become the epicenter of a mystery involving elite athletes and old grudges. For Galloway, the problems keep piling up and somebody out there believes problems should be dealt with by employing the most permanent of remedies.
I had the pleasure of connecting with JJ for the first time last year when he was a guest on my blog for #30AUTHORS. His work was new to me, but I was convinced early on that I would love his books. Anyone who has interacted with him on social media has experienced firsthand his hilarious takes on everyday life, and I look forward to my daily dose of funnies that he is known for. Add in the fact that he is extremely knowledgable about.. well… just about everything
smarty pants and you have the perfect recipe for a highly entertaining romp. From the moment I was asked to take place in the blog tour, I had a feeling that Bolt Action Remedy would be a satisfying start to a new series, and I was right!
Trevor Galloway is the hero you like to root for. He’s flawed and human, no doubt, but that just made me love the sucker even more. The opening pages bring tense action and suspense immediately, and then we fast forward one year in the future where Galloway is introduced and requested to look into this bizarre cold case. The premise of a criminal who’s talents entail being a biathlete was extremely unique, which gave the story a certain flare that the same old humdrum doesn’t contain. I’m not going to delve deeply into the plot, because you should just read the story for yourself, but this book was a wild ride in the best way possible. Hensley threw my attention higgledy piggledy to the point my conclusions were all cattywampus and I had not a clue how this would end. Excuse me while I teach JJ all the new words he’ll need to use after his move to the deep south. The absolute best part of the entire book were the hallucinations that left the reader wondering what was real and what parts may have been Trevor’s imagination. So incredible!
If you enjoy thrilling plots with dry humor inserted throughout, this is the book for you. Quite possibly one of the most witty and intelligent crime fiction novels I’ve read recently, this is the type of story that draws you in and connects you to the characters instantly. I am so relieved that this is the beginning of a new series and I’ll be able to revisit this setting; I can’t imagine having to say goodbye to Trevor forever. Sorry, that sounded like a sappy love letter. Highly recommended, especially to you folks who are tired of the overly hyped books that the large publishers are pushing on you. It’s always exciting to find an independent author who writes quality stories and enjoys interacting with other bookish people. Well done and I can’t wait to read book two!
Many thanks to the author for providing my copy via NetGalley; it was a pleasure to participate in the blog tour and provide my honest thoughts here.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.J. HENSLEY is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service who draws upon his experiences in law enforcement to write stories full of suspense and insight. Hensley, who is originally from Huntington, WV, graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. The author lives with his family near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hensley’s novel RESOLVE was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.
He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.