A very late one from me today I’m afraid – what a manic day!! I guess that’s what happens when you return to work after leave!! ANYWAY….I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Silent Money by G. D. Harper….a brilliant crime thriller.
Glasgow, 1972. Michael Mitchell is ambitious, talented and determined to succeed. But he learns the hard way that he will never achieve his goals in life – unless he plays by a different set of rules.
He partners with a small-time crook to help the Glasgow underworld launder the proceeds of their crimes. As the operation grows, Michael is forced to become more and more ruthless to protect what he has built.
Shocked by who he has become, he vows to leave the criminal world behind and start a new life. But the past has a way of catching up. Finally, he gambles everything on one last desperate attempt to break free.
Michael works in a bank in the 70’s and believes he’s about to be promoted to Bank Manager….when they bring in someone else…..He soon realises that following the rules and doing what he should perhaps isn’t the best way for him to be rich and successful….so he decides to take a different approach.
Using the knowledge that he’s gained in his bank position, he partners with a small-time criminal to start up a money laundering business, helping other criminals in Glasgow to protect their money……and it’s even more successful than he can imagine. But he starts getting too big for his boots, and realises that he may have lost the morals that he once had. Can he turn his life around and become and honest man again? Or has too much gone on in the past to let that happen? And what does he lose in his mission for greatness?
This was a really interesting read. The author knows plenty about banking and laundering that’s for sure, and it’s clear that the research has gone into it! I loved the connections throughout from the beginning with Michael just working in a bank, and how he managed to get the connections to end up where he does!
Michael……I started off really liking him and actually feeling sorry for him. The fact that he’s clearly amazing at his job but is constantly overlooked is frustrating. But then when he decides to change his approach he starts changing….and I wasn’t sure I liked the man he was becoming…..He definitely starts getting too big for his boots and at one point thinks he’s some sort of gangland leader when actually he’s the brains behind the operation and should stick to what he does best! Most of the other characters are criminals and I loved them! The majority of them are pretty harmless, but then there’s the really mean ones……
The ending has you hanging on and as there is a sequel, I now need to read it to see what happens!!! I’m not saying anything about the ending because I don’t want to ruin it.
This is a great, well researched read that will have you questioning Michael’s morals along with him! Recommended by me.
about the author
I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.
In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.
I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Silent Money.
tour hosted by
Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing with with a paperback copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Hope you’ve all had a great day.