It's Rollover week on the National Lottery and the jackpot is a whopping £18 million. Journalist Vince Mayo has picked all six numbers, but before he can celebrate his spectacular win he's battered to death at his home. IN a hellish chain of events, Mayo's best friend and fellow journalist Danny Cain is forced to go on the run when the police suspect him of the murder. With Danny still alive, and knowing the truth, the ticket can't be cashed and the killers want their money, no matter what it takes. For Danny and his terrified family the odds of survival are stacked against him.
It was over for me now. That much was obvious.
I was once again at the mercy of the man who was going to kill me. I no longer had the strength to get to my feet, let alone keep on running.
The earth beneath me was cold and damp. I was trapped and disoriented. My lungs were on fire and my breath was coming in great heaving gasps.
The cuffs on my wrists were cutting into the flesh, dripping blood onto the soft dirt and dead, soggy leaves.
I wanted to plead with him to let my wife and daughter live, but I couldn’t form the words. Instead, I could only lie where I’d fallen and look up as he approached me. He was still wearing the black ski mask and he was still carrying the knife in his right hand. A carving knife with a serrated blade. Long, shiny and deadly.
I was going to be murdered by this man who had entered our lives just two days ago and whose face I’d never seen.
Hampshire View Magazine
Rollover is a cracking crime novel. The plot is pacy and compelling – the essence of the polished, ‘unputdownable’ novel.
Shots Crime and Thriller Review
Rollover will transfer easily to television and if the concept of murder for a lottery ticket is accepted the denouement and unmasking of the killer is in context: unexpected and shocking but plausible.
Extremely satisfying thriller that takes the edge off a flaky day and puts a smile on your face. Great entertainment.
"I found this story to be engaging, entertaining and extremely well written. It's got everything; gambling, illicit sex, murder and corruption. A genuine page-turner of a thriller with twists and turns right to the end!"
Newbooks Magazine Review
“Rollover is one of the best books I have ever read. I found it thrilling and exciting right from the first page. It jumped from one tense situation to the next and back again in each chapter leaving the reader breathless with anticipation I found the pace breath-taking and exhilarating. It was a great ending, far different from what I had imagined.”
“This is a thrilling book from start to finish. One of the best crime novels I've read in a long time. It has real pace and tension and the plot idea is a gem.”
Book Depository review.
“It's always enjoyable to discover a great novel and this was truly a reading pleasure. All the elements are here to satisfy even the most demanding critic. This great novel by James Raven could very well be on the road to "Best Seller" status as it deserves it! Rollover is a winner!”
“I have to say it's one of the best crime novels I've read. The pace is relentless from the opening page and it doesn't let up. The narrative is rich and full of details about an area of the UK I'm not familiar with. The story revolves around a huge lottery win and a journalist named Danny Cain who has to go on the run from both the police and a sadistic killer. It would make a great movie.”
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