The King of Sunday Morning by Jay McCauley #bookreview

The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.

Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life.

But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.

Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong.

“I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”


My thoughts-

Despite the language, drugs and sexual content, this book grabs you. As you read it  you totally get that it’s all necessary to totally grasp the situation that Tray gets himself into and propels him into the race against time.   Tray’s life is violence. He was born into it and when he breaks the rules he has no choice but to flee. I love Jay’s writing style. He totally pulls you in and you feel like if you put the book down you are going to miss something! It’s a dark twisted tale that is reminiscent of the retro gangster movies (my favorite by the way) so if you like stories the seedy underbelly of the drug trade, you will love this.  King spans over quite a few decades. I liked how history was tied into the story to give you perspective of where the story was at and the frame of mind people were in. Over all a fantastic book. 4 stars from me!

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