Welcome Back, Jack

Welcome Back, Jack

by LIam Sweeny


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When Jack was six years old, his parents were brutally slain by a serial killer. The police later found drifter Clyde Colsen driving a stolen car, his clothes soaked in blood. He was tried, convicted and executed. Jack grew up knowing the police got their man.

Now a decorated homicide detective in New Rhodes, Jack arrives at the third crime scene of the “South End Killer” murders and finds his name. He will soon find out something else: thirty years ago, they got the wrong guy. And now the right guy’s come back to pay Jack and New Rhodes his bloody respects.

As Jack struggles to stay on the case, his cat-and-mouse game with the killer makes him wonder if he’s the cat or the mouse. His family and everyone in his life is fair game. As the killer escalates and threatens the entire city, Jack has a question he must answer in his desperation: can he stop the monster without becoming one?


“I’ve been following Liam Sweeny’s writing career for several years. He started out pretty good and now—with Welcome Back, Jack —he’s become smokin’ good! I predict this novel will propel him to the highest ranks of novelists writing police procedurals. That may look like I’m climbing out on a limb and if so, it’s an extremely stout and solid limb. This ranks with the best of the genre and Sweeny is poised to become a writer of the highest rank. Remember his name—you’re going to be seeing it a lot.” —Les Edgerton, author of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, The Rapist, The Bitch and others

“A new dark, very dark star has appeared in the noir spectrum and what a star it is. Welcome Back, Jack is the real deal, as down and deliciously dirty as it gets but with a wonderful fresh style and artistry that is as compelling as it is addictive. This is one hell of a start to what promises to be a unique series.” —Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series

“When a triple homicide in New Rhodes bears worrisome similarities to one from police officer, Jack LeClere’s, childhood, nothing can stop him from following the sinewy clues to their horrific conclusion. As long as writers like Liam Sweeny can work the police procedural to such great affect, readers will follow Jack back to the gritty streets of New Rhodes gladly. Sweeny’s writes beautifully and Welcome Back, Jack is full of memorable characters. Claustrophobics beware!” —Patricia Abbot, author of Concrete Angel

“Equal parts police procedural and psycho-thriller, Liam Sweeny reinvents a genre with Welcome Back, Jack. When serial killing gets personal, Jack LeClere is dragged underground into the past. Literally. With crisp, taut dialogue, fast-paced action, and more plot twists than the subterranean tunnels Jack must navigate to earn redemption, Sweeny taps into modern-day, urban paranoia, mining the best of Ellroy, Cain, and Westlake. Sweeny pays homage while tearing up some serious new ground.” —Joe Clifford, author of Lamentation and December Boys

“Do yourself a favor: Before you start reading Welcome Back, Jack, clear your schedule. You’re not going to be able to stop until you’ve seen it through to the explosive finale.” —Rob Hart, author of New Yorked

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943402069
Publisher: Down & Out Books II, LLC
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Jack LeClere , #1
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 1,075,480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

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Welcome Back, Jack! 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Petra Ayling for Readers' Favorite Welcome Back, Jack starts off with a bang when New Rhodes detective Jack LeClere is called to a grisly homicide scene. The shocking crime appears to be the hallmark of the South End Killer, but, worryingly for Jack, the murderer left Jack's name at the crime scene. The ensuing investigation reveals a possible connection with the horrific deaths of Jack's parents when he was only six years old. The case is becoming personal for Jack as he is hunting down a ruthless serial killer while trying to protect himself and the people close to him. Can Jack outsmart the serial killer before he himself is dragged down into this villain's dark underground world? Welcome Back, Jack is a solid, gritty police procedural, the first in a very promising series featuring homicide detective and family man Jack LeClere. Jack is reminiscent of the traditional, hard boiled crime noir detectives, but it is refreshing to see that, unlike a lot of other detectives in this genre, he is also a committed husband and loving father. Although that is not to say that he does not have some personal issues as well. Liam Sweeny has created a cast of memorable characters full of depth, including Jack's strong and loving wife, his teenage son, and retired police father-in-law as well as his focused but struggling colleagues. They are true-to-life, flawed people and you can't help but root for them. The dialogue is authentic and enjoyable to follow. The serial killer was pure evil and gave me the creeps. The crimes were brutal and disturbing and, thanks to the vivid descriptions, unnervingly easy to visualize. The action and tension built up slowly but steadily before turning into a fast paced psychological thriller with an explosive finale. I am looking forward to reading more about Jack, his colleagues, and family in the next installment to this appealing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Applauds to the author, the story keeps you hanging in suspence the whole time, i didnt want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different sort of plot which was nice. I wish the author had known when to use is and are and other singular and plurals. The writting was choppy and lacked needed detail. Sometimes it was hard to figure out just where the characters were, which house, tunnel or other scene. But the book was free, a nice length, interesting, and free of lurid sex. No romance, but a nice, married relationship, which is unusual these days. There was a bit of cursing, some disturbing violence and quite a bit of murder. For adults only. All mystery/thriller lovers might enjoy this book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Started out almost like it was in london. Took a while to realize it was set in new york. Story jumped around quite a bit, so it was hard to follow, but overall ok. Unlike the grammar nazi poster, no grammar errors, unless they are obcessing over speech patterns, but ppl and cops dont always speak in proper english.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting mystery - kept you thinking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book interesting. Likable character, good plot, nice twist. A few grammatical errors, but not enough to frustrate you. Give it a go. It says 192 pages, but it's more like 400, but the story flows well keeps you guessing so you won't notice.