- ASIN: B08MYXPBDY
- Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc. (7 Nov. 2020)
- Language: English
- Print length: 276 pages
- Genre: Police Procedural and Detective Fiction
The BookViral Review:
If a police procedural is to be convincing it has to feel utterly plausible. Yet far too many releases in the Crime Thrillers and Police Procedural genre prove disappointing and it’s for this reason that Celley’s novel stands out.
A graphic and insightful author he has a keen eye for the pressures and expressiveness of his characters which combined with his ability to create a sophisticated and intelligent plot rapidly draws his readers in. This in turn making Sultan Road one of those rare novels you read on tenterhooks whilst willing it not to venture where you fear it might ultimately go.
It’s thoughtful, atmospheric, gripping and refreshingly unpredictable. Written by a writer in full command of his talents and on the level of plot alone Sultan Road works flawlessly to deliver a genuine page-turner. It’s not particularly long at just under 300 pages but everything Celley writes is storytelling sinew and it’s hard to find extraneous detail that doesn’t move his narrative forward whilst often managing to surprise with the revelation of a deeper subtext.
These reasons alone are enough to pick it up and start reading but as with the best police procedural novels, it’s the characters who ultimately steal the show. Both LAPD Detective Carlos Aguilar and millennial reporter Jason ‘Jay’ Phillips are immensely charismatic and easy to root for with Celley getting their personas just right in respect of attention to detail, dialogue and subtleties of character that make them totally convincing in their respective roles.
A powerful and unsettling police procedural novel that will leave you hungry for more releases from Celley Sultan Road is recommended without reservation.