Review: The Innocent

May 9, 2015 5:00 am

The Innocent is the fifth novel in the Ryan Lock series written by Scottish author Sean Black. The series is characterized by its fast placed plots, great main character and good premises. I’ve been a fan of this series ever since I read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the series. The Innocent is no different. The Innocent is based around a city which is rife with corruption. Former NBA player, now College Coach, Malik Shaw gets himself caught up in it when he finds a young boy in the locker room showers and saw a car speeding away from the scene. Unable to keep his thoughts to himself Malik draws the ire of the perpetrators and tragedy befalls his family.

In comes Tyrone. Ty, Ryan Lock’s partner and Malik’s childhood friend, attempts to uncover and expose the people who were involved. These three central characters make for an interesting group. Each one brings their own charms into the fold. The premise of this novel, on the surface, is pretty simple. A small time college which is rife with corruption and  main characters who attempt to bring justice to those involved. As the novel progresses it becomes clear that there is more to this story than just what is on the surface.

I read this book in two days I don’t do that often, but with the Ryan Lock series I do. However, this novel isn’t a book in the Ryan Lock mould it’s a book that has a different feel to it; as the first quarter of the book doesn’t feature either Lock or Ty, and instead it focuses on Malik and building upon the conspiracy. The change in aura doesn’t affect personal enjoyment, instead, it gives a welcome change. Even without difference in feel this novel could be treated as a standalone. You do not need to read the previous books to read The Innocent. Little of the previous books are mentioned and when they are it’s only in passing and doesn’t affect the plot whatsoever.

Like previous books in the series The Innocent is a fast paced thriller that is well written and includes interesting characters. As I stated before, on the surface it’s the regular story of corruption but that all changes the further you get and with a satisfying ending this makes for a great read.

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