Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Bad Neighbor by author David Tallerman, which is published by Flame Tree Press. Lets take a look at some of the other blogs taking part.
About the author;
David Tallerman is the author of the Digital Fiction Publishing fantasy adventure series The Black River Chronicles, so far comprised of Level One and The Ursvaal Exchange, as well as the novel Giant Thief (described by Fantasy Faction as “one of the finest debuts of 2012”) and its sequels Crown Thief and Prince Thief, all published through Angry Robot. His crime debut The Bad Neighbour is forthcoming from Flame Tree Publishing in late 2018.
David has also written the Markosia graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science and the Tor.com novella Patchwerk, as well as around a hundred short stories, which have appeared in markets such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories. The first issue of comic book mini-series C21st Gods is out now from Rosarium.
In his spare time, David watches inordinate numbers of movies, hikes, plays board games, and helps in the ethical submission, capture, and resettlement of troveless dragons.
Okay – Now onto the book!
The Bad Neighbour is a gritty contemporary crime thriller set in the north of England, rooted in the author’s personal experiences of the region while drawing upon wider issues of racial intolerance, gang crime and police corruption.
When part-time teacher Ollie Clay panic-buys a rundown house in the outskirts of Leeds, he soon recognises his mistake. His new neighbour, Chas Walker, is an antisocial thug, and Ollie’s suspicions raise links to a local hate group. With Ollie’s life unravelling rapidly, he feels his choices dwindling: his situation is intolerable and only standing up to Chas can change it. But Ollie has his own history of violence, and increasingly, his own secrets to hide; and Chas may be more than the mindless yob he appears to be. As their conflict spills over into the wider world, Ollie will come to learn that there are worse problems in life than one bad neighbour.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
The Bad Neighbor tells the story of one of my own, and I’m sure many other people’s, nightmare scenarios. You move into a new house/apartment only to find that your neighbours appear to be from hell itself. For this reason alone the blurb sold the book to me, and I was delighted to take part in the tour. (Although I’m pretty sure my solution to the situation would be extremely different.)
While I found Ollie, our protagonist, to be a bit of a moany so and so at the start of the book, and in fairness gets into this situation due to no fault but his own, I ended up really rooting for him, even as his own past is revealed.
Ollie’s situation starts out relatively simple, but only gets worse as the book moves on, and what was quite a slow-moving read for me to begin with became a complete page turner. I couldn’t put it down, and the author really ramps up the action from about a quarter of the way through on.
Our neighbour, Chas, while incredibly unlikable, is very well written, and is probably the ultimate neighbour from hell. Chas and his friends may be written as your stereotypical skin head/footie hooligans, but I thought they were very well written, and perfect for the role they were put in.
Overall I thought this book was very intriguing, especially once it really got going with a bit of action and fighting. Definitely recommended to fans of the genre.
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Once again I would like to thank the organisers of this blog tour, along with the publishers and author for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of the book in exchange for participation, all thoughts are my own and I did not receive any payment.