Steel and Shadows by Stuart Field #BlogTour #BookReview @StuartField14 @CrimeSceneBooks @annecater

Steel and Shadows Cover

Author: Stuart Field

Genre: Crime Thriller

Format: Paperback 256 pages

Release Date:  11 October 2018

Publisher: Crime Scene Books

Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater and the publisher for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and the copy of the book they provided me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


No-nonsense NYPD detective Sam McCall is investigating one of the deadliest and most complex cases of her career when the mysterious, yet infuriatingly intriguing, John Steel insinuates himself into the department.

What appears at first to be the work of a serial killer soon encompasses a cast including violent Russian gangsters, creepy psychiatric doctors, the homeless community and ghosts from the past for both McCall and Steel.

This fast-paced thriller combines grit and glamour, the well-drawn characters engage the reader from the outset and the Big Apple is beautifully captured in all its majestic, romantic, seedy, grimy colour.

This debut novel keeps the reader gripped from start to finish with a breathtaking joyride through a wild series of unexpected twists and turns, inevitably falling into the pitfalls of thinking you’ve solved the mystery, only to find yourself wrong-footed on the next page.

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My Thoughts

Wow – what an opening this book has! It really throws you in the action all guns blazing straight away. The opening chapters in my opinion are pretty epic, action-packed pages. Think the first 15 minutes of any James Bond film and you’ll get a taste of the adrenaline you’ll experience in part one of this book. 

Detective Samantha McCall is a homicide detective tasked with the unfortunate job of investigating the murders of women who have been mutilated in the most sadistic and vicious of ways. She is partnered with a dark, shadowy stranger in the form of John Steel and they don’t particularly see eye to eye to begin with. 

Steel is a fantastic character, confident, self-assured and a hero in every sense of the word. He seems to rub people up the wrong way but I think that’s mainly because he’s so good at what he does and he is very rarely wrong! He reminded me in many ways of the character Jack Reacher in the immensely popular Lee Child’s books. Steel just has something about him that you can’t necessarily put your finger on but that you like nonetheless. 

This book is is the first book in the John Steel Thriller series and the next two books are due in 2019. Steel is scarred form tragic past events and it’s these events and his need for answers and revenge that will carry this series through. This was a brilliant opening to the series and I can’t wait to read the next two and find out how and whether Steel manages to enact his revenge. 

About the Author

Stuart Field was born in the UK, in the West Midlands. He spent his early years in the army, seeing service in all the known (and some unknown) hotspots around the world. He now lives in Germany with his wife Ani.When not engaged in highly confidential security work, he writes thrillers which perhaps mimic his life-experience more than the reader would like to believe.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. yvonnembee says:

    Great review and sounds right for me, just added to my wish list. Thank you 😘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re welcome 😊 I’m glad it’s the start of what looks like a really good series. Looking forward to the next one.

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      1. yvonnembee says:

        And a series that I can make a start on rather than trying to play catch up with is always a bonus x

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I know what you mean! Even if a book is capable of being read as a stand-alone I still like to read the rest x

        Liked by 1 person

  2. annecater says:

    thanks so much for this amazing Blog Tour support x

    Liked by 1 person

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