Trust Me, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


He fixed his gaze on her and said, 'Are you scamming me?' 'No' Karen said. 'I've been waiting for you'. When Bobby and Lloyd decide to rob local restaurant owner Lou Starr's home in the night, they don't reckon on being propositioned about an even bigger scam by Lou's so-called girlfriend Karen.

But after yet another bad decision in her life Karen has been looking for a way out and, more specifically, a way to recover her life savings, stolen from her by the treacherous Samir. And so a plan is set in motion that sounds all too simple.

Following his much loved debut novel, "Quiver", Peter Leonard returns to the mean streets of Detroit with a high octane novel of money, guns and some serious double crossing.

Featuring a virtuoso cast of bad guys, a disgraced ex-cop who finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for, and an anti-heroine to die for, "Trust Me" is the superb sophomore novel from one of the emergent voices in crime writing today.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571241187



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This is mediocre at best. There is little, if any, depth to any of the characters, so much so that I found myself backtracking to check who was who a fair bit. I expect this of a labyrinthine novel such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, where the Swedish names can be unfamiliar and thus a touch confusing, but this is less than 300 pages with protagonists called Bobby and Lloyd! Some of the dialogue uttered, whilst I'm sure written with the the pulpiest of intention, was just laughable, and did nothing to convince me of O'Clair's (in particular, though there are others) prowess as a hard man. Callum Innes, in the Ray Banks books mentioned below by my good friend Carl, is just one example of a brilliantly written, characterised, but above all believable hard-as-nails anti-hero streets ahead of this. I found the level of detail for the length of the book peculiar, and mostly unnecessary, and the beginning - 'This happened, then this, then this, then this' less than engaging. It got going around the 200 page mark, but by that point I'd long since given up caring how it was going to end.

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An easy reading thriller, the plot twists & turns through double crosses, double double crosses and so on. Occasionaly it sounds a bit like he's going for a movie complete with product placcements (is it necessary to be told the calibre of each gun ?). Apart from the minor niggle of that and some of the dialogue its a good read. If you are a thriller fan I can think of worse things to be reading

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I've been reading a lot of crime fiction recently, from the pulps of the 20s through to the brutalities of Ray Banks, so this was a particular treat from the good people at LibraryThing's Early Review list! Leonard's second book is ludicrously readable. I ran through it in the twenty-four hours after receiving it, by jumping back in every spare moment I had, and thoroughly enjoyed every quickly-turned page. The story itself is a very pulpy mix of wronged beauty, dumb crooks and flawed down-at-luck ex-cop, but Leonard mixes in the requisite cross upon double-cross beautifully and it has the pace to leap over any momentary breaks in the story. It arguably depends a little too much on its heroine's escapes a few times too many and there's never any doubt about how it'll end, but it is written tightly enough to forgive those minor details. Depending on your tastes it may also be a little old-fashioned, for all its references to modern life and recent wars it could easily have been written anytime in the past fifty or more years, but that doesn't stop it being a good thriller that deserves all the success it will no doubt achieve.

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Reminded me a lot of a poor man's Elmore Leonard with its take on Noir. I felt that the Peter Leonard tried too hard to make the characters unlike-able with constant "god he was boring me" comments from all the characters all the time; the book would have be a lot better with a stronger editor to cut this kind of over enunciation out. Still, the story is fun if predictable (it is Noir so this is a given really) and is fast paced so its a good way to spend a couple of hours if you fancy something in this genre and have read the classics.

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