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Grant Fletcher #1

When girls go missing here, no one says a word…

Twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared without trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—he will always seek justice if someone has the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.

Because Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father. And Fletcher knows that returning Lila safe and sound is the only thing that matters to his wheelchair-bound friend. 

She last called her father from a small town in rural Georgia. Arriving there, Fletcher’s feet barely touch the ground before he finds trouble. He also discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing there. Not the first by far.

Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. As an outsider, Fletcher becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because Fletcher knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only person who can find them…




His name is Fletcher, Grant Fletcher. He is a James Bond without the glamour but with guts galore. He is a one-man army and you can take him down, but not for long. To the baddies he is like unwanted weeds. To the victims, he is a god-sent gift.

What a treasure this book is! I loved every minute of it and I was swept up by the fast paced story.

There is not a lot of time to take a breath after one action packed part before you are sucked into the next one. No rest for the wicked or so it seems.

Maybe now Daresville is a better place, but if someone would offer me a trip down there, my response to that will be ‘Thank you, but no, thank you’. Better safe than sorry. 🙂

Well, Mr Fletcher, I for one cannot wait to meet you again and find out who you will be up against next.

Great story, great writing style, great author. 5 stars.

Thank you, John Ryder and Bookouture


About the author

John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.

When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.


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