Pelham Fell Here Review
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Author Ed Lynskey’s Pelham Fell Here portrays main character Frank Johnson in a bit of a different light than The Dirt-Brown Derby and The Blue Cheer. The former MP is more raw, edgier, and clearly hurt by the cards that life has dealt him. He’s angry. He drinks. He has issues. He wants revenge on his ex-wife by having her killed (which is a little extreme). But it is also still clear that, as he’s portrayed in Lynskey’s other books, Frank Johnson is human—not a hero.

When his cousin, the owner of a gun shop, is killed, Frank is the prime suspect, since he stood to inherit the business. And after he kills two deputies in an ambush, Frank finds himself in real trouble. On the run from the law (and with the help of a few bounty hunter friends), Frank sets out to find the real killer—not necessarily for the sake of justice as much as out of the desire to save his own ass.

Pelham Fell Here is packed with non-stop action, twists, and turns. As Neo-Nazis and terrorism abound, Frank learns more about his dead cousin than he probably ever wanted to know, which goes to show that things aren’t always as they seem. Frank soon discovers that he never really knew his cousin—and he’s not sure how he can learn to trust again.

This is the third novel in Lynskey’s Frank Johnson PI series, but it’s actually the story that started it all—and I wish I’d read Pelham Fell Here first. So if you haven’t read Ed Lynskey’s series, consider this the first book in the series and start here. If you’ve already read the other books in the series, though, read this one anyway and cut it a little bit of slack for any minor confusion that you may encounter with some of the characters. Because it’s totally worth it.

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