First the Thunder
By Randall Silvis
An engaging murder mystery that’s hard to put down.
From the first page, Silvis sucks the reader in to a mystery that is hard to put down. Both characters and the plot are believable, and a reflection to real life. The questionable decisions the brothers make, that put them into these difficult situations, flow from realism.
Products of their run-down Pennsylvania mining town, three brothers grapple with their lives in decline. Harvey drives a delivery truck; Stevie works odd jobs; and Will is a struggling bar owner whose wife, Laci, is edging toward desperation when her boss offers her more money…for a price. Then, in this tight circle where prosperity is rare—and hope, even rarer—comes a breaking point in a simple but indefensible slight…
When Harvey gets shafted by his brother-in-law in a deal over a vintage Indian motorcycle, he enlists the help of Stevie and Will to set things right. But the revenge plan goes awry, and the three men stumble upon a shocking secret that, if revealed, would upend their lives.
As they’re crushed under the weight of a nightmarish truth and the damning evidence in their possession, it’s up to Laci to save her family from the coming storm the brothers have wrought. And no one is prepared for the fallout.
A well written and thought out mystery, that will have readers coming back for more.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing a review copy in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Heath writes reviews regularly for newspapers and magazines.