- Book Title: Short Ride to Hell
- Author: Rodd Clark
- Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing, LLC (August 31, 2014)
- Book Length: 251 pages
- Genre: Gay, Crime, Thriller, Forced Sex
- Reviewed by: Warren
- Posting Date: May 29, 2015
Now this is a story. It has very little eroticism, very little romance, both gay and straight sex (but not much), lots of mystery and suspense, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It isn’t an easy, quick read, but I would gladly settle into a chair to spend hours reading, with a book like Short Ride to Hell.
And Rodd Clark has moved into the slot of “One of My Favorites” along with other great mystery and suspense writers. His writing is straight forward, with little unnecessary fluff, but a well-written, well thought out plot.
A Short Ride to Hell is about Brantley Colton, who, because of life-threatening circumstances, decides the thing to do for him is to go after the murderer of his best friend. The serial killer is on the loose, and Brantley’s guilt and health have helped him decide that this is his course. Brantley is no angel, and has some real problems of his own, besides the guilt and health issues.
Then there is the FBI agent, John Reston, who is working to solve the mystery as well, but has a small problem in that he seems to be one step behind the killer, and is there an accomplice, or why is there another person asking the same questions just days ahead of him?
Short Ride revolves around the pursuit of the killer in an attempt to stop him from killing any others for John, and for Colton, the avenging of the murder of his best friend.
As you can tell, I really liked this book and highly recommend it for thriller lovers. Mr. Clark has quite an imagination. The way he wove his story, the way each main character’s life intertwined with the other, and the thought processes that were going through each of the characters kept me reading. It was one of those books that took me a couple of days to get through because of the intelligence of it, so when I had to put it down, it bothered me. I wanted to keep reading and not eat or sleep. I’m excited to read more of Rodd’s work. I know there are more, and I intend to add him to my list of authors to watch.
The one thing I found lacking a bit was the editing. There were times when I had to guess at the word or the intent of the sentence. But it was NOT distracting, and I take no points off from the book for this.