It Never Goes Away by Tom Trott: fantastic end to an exciting trilogy


From No.1 Private Detective to No.1 Suspect

A cryptic message from an old friend leads Joe Grabarz to an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of the South Downs. But Joe is too late, someone else has got there first: his friend is dead, and all the evidence points to him.

Ten years ago the farmhouse was the scene of three infamous murders when a young boy killed his mother, father, and little sister. Now an adult, he was released from prison with a new identity. Could he be involved? The farmhouse also sits on valuable land, fought over in a struggle between building houses and drilling for shale gas. But could it really be worth killing for? Whatever is going on, Joe knows one thing for sure: his friend’s murder is just a tiny part of it.

To bring the killer to justice Joe must dig up the past, and reckon with his own, because no matter how hard you work, it never goes away.

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My review

Wow! This trilogy has been great from the start, and this last book provides a really polished and exciting finish to the series. The author’s books are always complex and intriguing, and this one is especially so.

Joe has had to deal with a few demons in the previous two books but now he really has to face his past head on, and it isn’t easy. There is a definite air of menace in this novel, more so than before. Brighton has always been intrinsic, and we’ve got to know it quite well. We’ve seen its seedier side, but here we discover new disturbing depths.

I shall miss Joe! I feel I’ve got to know his as well as he’ll allow us too over the series. He has many good qualities alongside the less pleasant ones that are essential for him be ‘hard boiled’ enough to do the job he does. He’s a fascinating, flawed character, and I’ve no doubt you’ll thoroughly enjoy his company too. You’ll certainly admire the work of a talented author, whose sharp observations and equally sharp but dry wit are always wonderful.

Author Bio – Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.

As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.

My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.

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