BROKEN DREAMS is Nick Quantrill’s debut novel, and it’s a cracker.
It can’t be easy being a PI in northern England - Hull, to be precise - and in Joe Geraghty, we have a character to savour. Joe isn’t perfect, but he’s essentially a good man, despite the things life has thrown at him. Flawed, tenacious, loyal and a romantic at heart, Joe gets by one day at a time, driven as much by misplaced guilt as the need to see justice done.
BROKEN DREAMS is a very satisfying tale, its characters believable and all too human, its many strands interwoven beautifully. One of those strands is Hull itself, the city and its history, the essence of the place coming through loud and clear.
This book should be on everyone’s ‘To read’ list, as should the much-anticipated sequel, THE LATE GREATS, due in autumn 2011. One to watch out for.