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April 12, 2012 / John Sheridan

Review: The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

The Dispatcher (Links: Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) is the most recent novel by Ryan David Jahn who won The Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Acts of Violence (U.S. title: Good Neighbors).

I loved The Dispatcher which is an adrenaline-fuelled kind of book you find gripping tighter and holding closer to your face until you remember it’s just a book, breathe and relax!

The hint of a back story given to protagonist, Ian Hunt (The Dispatcher referred to in the title) is critical as it gives credence to him being proper police rather than a desk jockey not that he needs added motivation as it his daughter that was snatched seven years previously and that has mysteriously re-appeared to make a 911 call before being re-captured by her abductors.

Unfortunately the entire town seems to be consciously turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to what happened as there isn’t a single witness. Small details in the interview with the owner of the liquor shop suggest how the original choice of his daughter may have occurred but to the interrogators these don’t mean anything at the time.

About halfway thru there is a showdown which you expect to go one way by sheer weight of numbers but preparation wins out and so the story continues. Be prepared for some scenes straight out of Reservoir Dogs as Ian resorts to desperate measures to extract the information he needs to track down his daughter.

As I said I found this to be one of those books that was hard to put down and with a style that was engaging. The portrayal of Ian as a man who has lost interest in living since his daughter was taken is well executed – he goes home with a six- pack on a daily basis, his wife has divorced him and remarried and he no longer has any contact with his son. All of this meaningless existence is dropped instantaneously once his hope for his daughter is resurrected and nothing will stop him – not even a bullet to the chest.

My rating 4.5 out of 5. Also available for Kindle.

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