Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

April 24, 2019 - 7:08 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour for Caught in a Web, a gritty thriller from a new to me author Joseph Lewis.

Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

Published by Black Rose Writing on 3rd May 2018

341 pages

The Blurb : Caught in a Web

The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff

Here are my thoughts:

As you start this story, you soon realise that George is a gifted teenager. After tragically losing all his Navajo family, he now lived with Jeremy and his foster family.  Having a Navajo upbringing, George has some exceptional talents, one being adept with a blade which as you find out further in the story, has saved him and his foster family before.

Starting the story as yet another teenager dies of an overdose, the police are up against it to find out who is cutting and selling the drugs.  Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann are all well-respected police officers in the community and they use their friendships to help try and solve the case. Whilst they are investigating the deaths, Ricardo Fuentes and the MS-13 are put in the frame, but now the Police know that George’s life is in danger, it is a race to arrest Ricardo before he can accomplish his plan.

This started a bit slow mainly due to all the background and I did find it a bit confusing with the family dynamics. However, after a while, I soon grasped who was part of Jeremy’s family and their relationships with each other. The children and their close friends all had harrowing stories explaining how they ended up being fostered by Jeremy, it also explains why the family is so close. As you are following the investigation, more about George’s history is revealed and as he embraces his heritage and uses his talents, you can see him struggle with his upbringing and fighting to save his friends and family.

The pace quickens as the danger intensifies and you can see that the police are up against it and whilst you find out early on who was behind the drugs, the one behind the planning and their reasoning was unexpected. As for Ricardo’s even if the police did not want to involve the boys, their hands were tied as the boy’s lives were in danger.

There are some graphic scenes and some scenes that some readers will find disturbing, as the characters involved are children. However, if you are looking for a gritty thriller that will grab your attention then you can’t go wrong with this book.

Purchasing Links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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Meet the Author: 

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Social Media: Twitter: http://@jrlewisauthor


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