Friday 26 April 2019

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis @JRLewisAuthor BLOG TOUR @rararesources #CaughtInAWeb

The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis was published on 3 May 2018.  As part of the Rachel's Random Resources Blog Tour, I'm delighted to welcome the author here today. He's talking about the books that are special to him in My Life in Books 

My Life in Books - Joseph Lewis

This book has a profound effect on me. It was the first book I remember reading as a kid. I read this book as I sat between the stacks and racks of books in the local library after school as I waited for my dad to take me home after elementary school. I tried to find it on Amazon, but couldn’t. That saddens me. It was about a young boy who became a leader among his people, mostly through his actions rather than his words. It infused culture and life among the people and the author did this in such a way that, as I write my own stories, I use description and setting in much the same way. In fact, one of my characters – a favorite among my readers (one of mine, too, if truth be told) – is a Navajo boy born and raised in Navajoland in Northeastern Arizona.

I think I read this book two or three times. It took the first hundred pages before the book took off, and when it did, at first, I couldn’t put it down. But then, I found that I couldn’t read it at night. Fenny Bate scared the living daylights out of me. He, and the book, gave me nightmares. Haunting, dark. Everything a great horror and suspense novel should be. An awesome book.

The book is made up of four different novellas, each with a separate storyline. In particular, the novella, The Body is and was my all-time favorite. I read that story so much that the pages fell out of the spine and I had to buy a new copy. The Body was made into a movie directed by Rob Reiner titled, Stand by Me. I must have watched that fifty or sixty times. The first time I watched it, I went home and wrote a short story, Dusty and Me, and it was the first piece I ever had published. The Body is a fantastic story by a master storyteller. A story of friendship and loyalty. A story of kids trying to find a place in their world, a world that is often unkind and unfair.

A long, long novel but it impacts all who read it. A classic story of good vs evil, of personal triumph over greed and all that is wrong or could be wrong in the world. So many rich and wonderful characters. Setting and place is a character onto itself. The characters grow, as does the reader. There are anger and tears, there is fear. It isn’t a “horror” novel per se, but a story on life, the light side as well as the dark side. Perhaps a story that evokes a warning for us all.

Actually, I could have named any of John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport novels. Great character, especially if you like cops and detectives and mysteries. There are hurdles to jump, dead-ends aplenty, and always a twist at the end that catches the reader by surprise. Language and action are authentic, probably because Sandford is a former newspaper guy and he covered local police over his years in that capacity. This is just a guess though. In any case, he has a knack for cops and bad guys.

Just about any of his books that have Harry Bosch as the main character are worth a read. I like the Bosch series for the same reason I like the Lucas Davenport series by Sandford. Honest, authentic writing. Great characters. A plot that keeps you guessing. These two detectives are not perfect by any means. No way! They are human. They make mistakes. They push the boundaries and sometimes, take a step or two over the line. I’ve not found a story containing Bosch or Davenport that wasn’t satisfying.

Of all the writers I have mentioned thus far, James Patterson is perhaps my favorite. I enjoy his Alex Cross character the most. In Kiss the Girls, we have a serial “snatcher” for the lack of a better term. I won’t tell you too much because I do hope you take the opportunity to read it. Several twists, some psychology, and a whole lot of fun. I’ve read so much Patterson over the years, one reader/reviewer wrote, “If you like James Patterson, you’ll love Joseph Lewis.” I find that humbling and daunting. Yes, my chapter set up is similar in that I end on action forcing the reader to move on. Yes, I use my background in counseling and psychology in my character development and story line, but Patterson is “The Man” in my eyes. His Alex Cross books have it all: great characters that you want to get to know, big city setting, and a great and satisfying story. 

Joseph Lewis - April 2019 

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.
Twitter at @jrlewisauthor

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