Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Welcome to the Game


Author: Craig Henderson

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Year: 2022

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QOTD: what was your first car? 
I learned to drive on 1980 Oldsmobile Omega. It was a hand-me-down from my mom and I drove it while I was in high school and college. 

Welcome to the Game was author Craig Henderson’s 2022 debut novel. It’s a fast paced story of a down on his luck former British rally car driver named Spencer. Spencer, still grieving the death of his wife, is trying to keep his struggling exotic car sales business afloat. He’s not succeeding and is coping with booze, pills, and coke. He’s desperate for cash and help arrives in Dom McGrath. McGrath offers Spencer a job as a driver. McGrath is a money launderer. He thinks Spencer’s skills as a rally car driver will make him the perfect bag man zipping in and out of Detroit traffic picking up and delivering dirty money all while evading the police. But McGrath has a bigger score in mind. Spencer realizes once he’s in the game, it’s hard to get out. When McGrath and his crew pull off the big job, Spencer knows they won’t leave any loose ends, putting himself, his young daughter and the only friend he has in grave danger. 

This is a solid and entertaining entry into the crime fiction genre. Spencer is a shellfish and shelf-centered jerk, but I found myself rooting for him anyway. This book has lots of action to satisfy any adrenaline junkie, while Spencer’s flawed character and attempt at redemption is a compelling character arc will please readers who like character driven stories. It all adds to up to an entertaining ride. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are celebrating the day! 

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