THE DOCKS by V.H. Folland
Harry’s in more trouble than he knows, and he knows he’s in a lot.
His freedom depends on covering his tracks, and uncovering the truth before the police do. One person holds all the pieces. Unfortunately Harry killed him last night.
Murder, manslaughter or self-defence? When Harry agreed to a light spot of arson, he didn’t know what was really planned. Then the bomb went off. Now he’s confessed to burglary, could be on the hook for murder and is desperately trying to dodge a terrorism charge. On his side, a bunch of crooks and the solicitor he’s dubbed Ms. Pitbull. Against him are his former accomplices, the police, and the inspector who sent him down for ten years.
I was contacted by the author requesting I read and review his novella. I loved it! It was 39 pages on my Nook but by the time I was finished I felt I had read a whole book. So much detail and fast paced. The main character, Harry, is a past criminal, down on his luck because who wants to hire a criminal, living in a crappy hostel, and spending his last few dollars wisely. A robbery turned insurance fraud boat explosion/murder has Harry scrambling to get his story straight as he is questioned by the police, who knows he has something to do with the whole debacle. But on the other hand, he is being hailed a hero as he helped all the people on the boat escape, pitched the bomb, which he made, into the ocean. Rivers, who put Harry away the last time, is not fooled by Harry’s story and has a plan to keep him out of trouble for the future. As it turns out Harry has a talent that has caught someone’s eye. Great short story that I highly recommend and I look forward to reading more from this author!