Troubador Child X

Released: 28/10/2020

ISBN: 9781800460270

eISBN: 9781800467972

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Does a child that kills with no remorse deserve a second chance?

What if another child did nothing to prevent the death, and is offered a chance of redemption?

It is 1999 and the glorious Millennium is approaching. Ray is a struggling private investigator and compulsive gambler whose debt has spiralled out of control. His violent creditors have run out of patience. A retired gangster offers to square his debt if he tracks a man down.

His target is hiding in a cult that masquerades as a telemarketing company. He has changed his identity several times and becomes embroiled in a death that promises to make him more visible.

As Ray homes in on his prey, he discovers a dark secret about the man he has been tasked with finding. A secret that links to his own guilty past, when he could have prevented another child’s death. Will he do the decent thing and hand over a child killer? Or try to understand what drove a twelve-year-old boy to kill?

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There are subjects which many authors are not prepared to tackle and whether a child can be “evil” is one of them. With the clarity of purpose and dedication to detail which surely comes with being a private investigator, the author asks us to face questions to which we may not even want to know the answer. Despite the darkness of the plot, there is a constructive and subtle optimism in its message. Nothing is as it seems and judgement of good versus evil is not straightforward.

by NetGalley review

Child X tells the story of two men struggling to keep their lives on track. One, with a serious gambling addiction and the other hiding from the boy he used to be. Ray Mercer is a private investigator and gambling addict tasked with finding someone who doesn't want to be found by a man whose intentions are unclear. Ray struggles with his moral obligations and his inability to stay out of the local bookies. Is Ray looking for Child X or some other poor soul? You'll have to read Child X by Mick Lee to find out.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable thriller, with just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I was a little confused by some of the place names, as an American, but that was a minor detail in an otherwise very enjoyable read. The ending was very surprising and rewarding, depending on how you feel about some of the characters.

For anyone looking for a twisty-turny thriller to keep them guessing, look no further.

by NetGalley review

This surprised me a little - a dark subject matter, child killers grown up, echoes of the Jamie Bulger case ... but with another element in there, a rather hopeless (or is he?) private detective who owes big money to nasty people with no choice but to track down a child killer as an adult. And a personal link to the case becomes clear ... It was hard to root for any of the characters apart from Ray the detective, but over time the case of the grown up killer grows on you. Really liked the ending, wrong footed me

by NetGalley review

Plot wise I enjoyed this book it had an interesting premise and the main characters were all flawed which I think makes for a better read. The story is told from the point of view of multiple characters and different timelines but isn’t too convoluted to follow and at times I didn’t really know where it was going but all the strands tied up at the end.
Don’t be put off by the ‘child kills child’ aspect of the book as there’s much more to the story than a depiction of murder.

by NetGalley review

A fascinating book looking at the reality of good versus evil.

It's not an easy read and you can find yourself getting lost but it is an absolute triumph by the author.

I love to read fiction that makes you think about the concept in the wider world.

by NetGalley review

The cover definitely caught my eye... Moreso for the large red X.

So let me start by saying, this is definitely a thought-provoking read. This is a topic that not many want to cover due to how controversial it can be. Does a child that kills with no remorse deserve another chance? How would you honestly answer that question? We all have our opinions, right?
This book was well-written.
The characters are deep and relatable in some way.
Overall, I'd definitely read more books by this author.

by NetGalley review

This was a great read and follows two people - one in whom has a gambling addiction and the other whom is hiding from the boy in which he used to be... it has a lot of twist and turns to make you guess right up to the end of the book! it was a compelling and intriguing read.

by NetGalley review

Mick Lee

Once a private detective, more latterly involved in the even dodgier world of Market Research, now writing in various places. Hiding out in the East Midlands, close to a Government spy factory.

Twitter: @AuthorMicklee


Mick Lee

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