City of Sin
Sean O'Leary (@SeanOl777)
Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)
“What they didn’t understand, even Rhia with her street smarts, was someone was going to be coming for them. Someone hired by New Light Church. Thompson was looking for Rhia too. She didn’t kill anyone, but she left the scene. Stole the credit cards. He could make her answer for these things but right now he feared for her life. She might know something, and she had that USB.”
Welcome to Sydney, Australia.
Sydney is the vibrant largest city in Australia. Marvel at the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch the ferry to Manly, have a swim at Bondi Beach and stroll through the historic Rocks district. Do mind your step though if you venture into the dodgier neighbourhoods – this might be an exciting place to visit but it is also very much a City of Sin.
Of course, that might be exactly what you’re after and as luck would have it, the New Light Church may just be able to facilitate some discreet sexual encounters with your choice of sex and age group. They ‘might’ record the trysts though and that ‘could’ cause a problem if hypothetically their senior pastor dies from a heart attack whilst in bed with a young prostitute, losing the USB stick that holds all the incriminating videos, access to shady accounts holding millions of dollars and more…
Don’t worry though, even if that tenacious Indigenous investigator Carter Thompson from the Prosecutors Office picks up the case, New Light Church have unorthodox resources including the terminator-alike attack dog, P.I. Sally Bois. This woman will bribe, torture and kill anyone in her way and she is fully set on finding the USB and silencing young Rhia. What plays out is a riveting cat-and-mouse race against time where no one is safe and everyone is stained with sin.
Author Sean O’Leary has a nicely morbid imagination and doesn’t skimp on the adult material with the plot packed with bad language, violent fights, sizzling sex scenes and grizzly murders including a full-on modern-day crucifixion!?
If this road trip into the darkness of men’s hearts sounds like your cup of tea, strap in for an exciting thriller that blows the doors of the masquerades of God-fearing hypocrites as their cold-blooded pursuit drags you kicking and screaming into the lives of Rhia and her makeshift family.
I really enjoyed this brush with dark forces and have no hesitation recommending it!!
Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:
(5 - sin when you're winning...)
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Who is this Sean O'Leary then?
Sean O’Leary is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. He has published two literary short story
collections, ‘My Town’ and ‘Walking’. His literary novella ‘Drifting’ was the winner of the ‘The
Great Novella Search 2016’ and published in 2017. He self published ‘The Heat’ his crime
novella set in Darwin and Bangkok in 2019. ‘Drifting’ and ‘The Heat’ will be re-published by Next
Chapter in 2022/23.
His second crime novella ‘Preston Noir’ was published in 2020 in ‘Crime Double Feature…Neo Noir’ from the indie press ‘Zombie Pirate Publishing. ’ His crime fiction collection ‘Wonderland‘ was recently published by the down and dirty folk at Close to the Bone Publishing in the United Kingdown. His new crime novel ‘Going All the Way’ and short story collection ‘Tokyo Jazz & Other Stories’ are both published by Next Chapter and out now.
City of Sin is the first book in his new Sydney crime series featuring Indigenous investigator Carter Thompson. He likes to walk all over the face of the earth, travel as often as he can, supports Melbourne Football Club (a life sentence) enjoys art but knows nothing about it, is a film buff and writes like a demon.
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