The tagline: When the Devil’s on your tail you’d better drive like Hell…
The story: Jimmy is a 17-year-old car thief. Given one last chance by a magistrate, he intends to go straight. But a black Mercedes is to tempting. So Jimmy and his mate Ralph steal it. But the owner wants it back. Because stored in the boot are thirteen leather briefcases. Stowed in the cases are thirteen human souls bound for Hell. And their rightful owner wants them back.The Devil’s coming for Jimmy, so Jimmy drives like hell . . .
The critics: You need a good hook to grip the reader. How about: “The man with wings cut off my father’s head”? I think it works. And fortunately, this short novel told in the first person, and aimed at a young adult audience, kept this reader engaged. The character of Jimmy is well realised and engenders sympathy. The style is easy, pulling you in. Tom Crouch, British Fantasy Society
It’s a simple story, simply told in just 144 pages, but a story that just doesn’t stop for one second. Surprisingly, it also had a lot of depth and I found myself really relating to the main characters (a couple of teenage car thieves) even though they are the type of people I would normally hate with a vengeance in real life. Otherwyrld, Goodreads
Fast paced and fun. Irem, Goodreads