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Book Review – The Grey Man: Payback

In a follow-up to last year’s Vignettes, Jim Curtis, who blogs at Nobody Asked Me, has come out with “The Gray Man: Payback“.  This novel picks up a few months after the end of Vignettes, with John Cronin and his family getting ready for the marriage of Jesse, his granddaughter, and Aaron.  Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Deputy Sheriff John Cronin and his granddaughter, Jesse, are preparing for Jesse’s upcoming wedding to her Marine when the Cartel decides to murder some South Texas cops as a payback for arresting their drug smugglers. They send a hit squad to kill Cronin, Jesse, and everyone close to the family. The only problem?

They missed the old man.

Leaving his badge behind, John Cronin, Francisco and a few others head south to teach them a lesson about what old school western justice really means.

Yeah, it’s a story of revenge, and Curtis does an excellent job telling the yarn.  This book is better than the first one, and I loved the first one.  The characters of John Cronin and Fransisco are especially well done, and as the story goes on, they become more and more three-dimensional.

This book is a page turner.  Don’t be surprised if you read it in one sitting.  The story flows very well, and Curtis does an excellent job at tying up the story threads in the end.  I give this one of the highest compliments I can when I say that I would feel comfortable giving this book, which is in no way geared toward children, to my teenagers.  Curtis makes the story real and gritty without being vulgar or graphic.

If you’re looking for a good book to read while you enjoy a couple of fingers of bourbon on a cool night, try this one out.

Disclaimer:  I have known the author for several years, and consider him a friend.  I was a beta reader for this book, but I also bought the final copy that I used for this review.


  1. Thank you sir! You and the others were a big help in getting the story right! 🙂


  2. Perfect timing!! I’m re-reading Vignettes again right now. Can’t wait to start this one!!


  3. Bikergranny2

     /  October 2, 2014

    Ordered both last night. Started Vignettes this morning. Great so far!!


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