You can’t change your past. But what about your future?


John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio ‘Tony’ Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father’s criminal world. But when a young woman is found dead in John’s car, he sets out to find the killer.


Things soon get complicated. His best friend and employee, Freddy Metcalfe, is arrested for the murder. Plus a stash of counterfeit money is found in John’s car, and the police seem more interested in that than in the dead girl. Then old family friend Lanny Bride turns up; one of the north’s most ruthless criminals, Lanny is desperate to know who killed the girl. Meanwhile, Freddy is too scared to talk to anyone, even his lawyer.


John slowly uncovers the shocking truth about the girl’s death. What he finds forces him to confront his own past, and risk destroying his future.


Set in Leeds, HOPE ROAD is a novel about deception, trust and the boundaries of good and bad. It is the first crime thriller in the John Ray / LS9 series.


Plenty of twists… fast-paced… a fine novel… Rough Edges


A gripping read... The stuff of Great British grit and dark, dark humour... far more cinematic than a McDermid or a Rankin.