When Rink’s father is brutally murdered, Joe has to stop his friend rushing headlong for vengeance. Because Rink’s mother witnessed the crime and Yukiko isn’t telling everything she knows.
Her silence is governed by the Japanese tradition of giri, or moral obligation. But when there are more vicious deaths – all of them elderly men known to Yukiko – it becomes a matter of honour to uncover the shameful secret that lies behind the murders.
The killer isn’t playing by the rules. But some rules are made to be broken and Joe doesn’t care what he breaks to ensure Rink gets his revenge.
The thing about Matt Hilton’s books is this – you know what you’re going to get from the outset – action, retribution, thrillers, a strong storyline and a good group of characters. His books are akin to a warm electric blanket on a cold winter’s night, they satisfy, are dependable and it is somehow comforting that there are action figures out there – comparable to Jack Reacher – who will protect the innocent and right the wrongs of the not so innocent.
Rules of Honour – Joe Hunter’s eighth action adventure is another prime example of all this and more. But for me, and this is certainly a personal preference, the story behind this book makes it that much more interesting.
The foundation of the book is set in a Japanese internment camp in the 1940’s. A soldier dies in a basement and this one event, the culmination of a variety of crimes, sets off a chain reaction that affects the lives of a group of Japanese friends some seventy years later. The first third of the book grows at a steady pace and to be honest even though there’s more than enough action and killing to satisfy the most ardent action reader throughout the course of the book it plays second fiddle to the reason for the deaths, something I enjoyed more than any of Matt’s previous books.
It’s good to see Joe Hunter back in the mix and even better to have Rink join him for the majority of this book, something fans of Rington have been begging out for. There are a couple of surprises along the way and some not so but Hilton keeps the book running at a decent pace with a fluid and steady narrative.
Not one of his more explosive action thrillers, this for me is a more thoughtful adventure in avengement and plot building, the combination of both helps deliver a more mature action thriller. As with all his other books Rules of Honour can easily be read as a standalone or as part of a growing series.
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Feb 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444728717
- ISBN-13: 978-1444728712
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