Today is release day for The Wronged, book 2 in the PI Charlie Cameron series by Owen Mullen.
You may be familiar with the book already as it was previously published under the title “Old Friends New Enemies”.
Why the new name you may ask? Well I can’t say I know all the details but fortunately for us readers Owen Mullen’s work has been picked up by a new publisher, Boldwood Books and has undergone a revamp. The best news for us as readers is that it means there’s a new book in the series on the way wooooo!
So to celebrate the release today I thought it best I reacquaint myself with the series and get a fresh review out there 😊
Here’s the blurb –
Genre – Crime Thriller
A complex case of missing persons draws Scottish PI Charlie Cameron into Glasgow’s deadly underworld.
Private Investigator Charlie Cameron is searching for a man who disappeared after his son’s suicide. When an unidentified body turns up at the morgue, Cameron is sure it’s another case closed.
But the body laid out on the slab isn’t the man he’s looking for. And it isn’t a stranger. Suddenly, a routine investigation becomes a desperate fight for survival.
As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s criminal underbelly, he gets dangerously close to a notorious gangster named Jimmy Rafferty. Now Rafferty wants Cameron to hunt for something that may be impossible to find. And disappointing Jimmy Rafferty is not an option…
We are back with cheeky chappy Charlie Cameron, PI by trade, much to his families dismay.
Things start well enough, a missing person’s case hits Charlie’s desk. A father has disappeared after his son’s death. First point of call is the morgue to check on any John Doe’s..now it gets interesting.. the man on the slab is not who he was expecting.. but it’s no stranger.
The blast from the past hits Charlie hard and the missing person’s case just doesn’t seem important any longer. Someone he knows got themselves mixed up in something they shouldn’t..and it’s only going to lead to trouble for Charlie… but why?
Theres tonnes of character development as we explore Charlie’s past but we also get some lovely moments in the present between his friends, DS Andrew Geddes and loveable rouge Pat Logue. I just loved Pat.. he’s a real character, you can’t help but like him.
Geddes and Logue try their best to help their friend with not only his personal issues but also the missing person’s case.. Cecelia McNeil needs to know what has happened to her husband. Charlie really does want to help but he’s just not in the best place at the time.. his thoughts are on his own troubles which we can all appreciate.
The story flows superbly as the two plot lines converge, competing for Charlie’s attention. This gave depth to Charlie as you can see his internal struggles.
What I really like about Owen’s writing is that it’s dark and gritty. It’s not going to be an easy ride for Charlie and the events will stay with him forever… and you will remember them to.
Every character feels real and each have their own space to develop. How the author managed to give each individual the page time without getting the plot muddled is beyond me.. he’s a wizard! This is why I’ll stick to reviews and let the experts like Owen write the masterpieces.
I really don’t want to give the end away so let’s just say it finishes with a bang.
A gripping, dark and intensely stratifying read. What more could you want?