Review: The Wrong Man by Jason Dean

Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Title: The Wrong Man (James Bishop, #1)
Author: Jason Dean
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 10th May 2012
Pages: 350
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Thinking. Planning. Waiting for the perfect moment. Former Marine James Bishop will only have one opportunity to make his prison break. And one chance to prove that he isn't responsible for the murders that put him inside.

Three years ago Bishop was the leader of an elite close protection team hired to protect a millionaire and his daughter. After being attacked, Bishop regained consciousness to find seven bodies strewn throughout the millionaire's Long Island mansion - including those of his two charges - and a mountain of evidence guaranteed to send him down for murder.

But to find out who set him up and why, Bishop needs to be free. And now the time has come to make his move. Prepare yourself for the most exciting debut thriller of the year...

After reading Jason Dean's The Hunter's Oath last year, I loved the character of James Bishop and couldn't wait to go back and read the series from the start. The first book in the series is this, The Wrong Man and it was a thrilling read from start to finish.

Despite already knowing a little bit about Bishop from The Hunter's Oath, it was great to meet him for the 'first' time and learn even more about what has made him the man that I met in the third book. I enjoy those stories which are a little bit 'one man takes on the world' and that's definitely the case with Bishop when he finds himself imprisoned for multiple murders, with the reader knowing that the overwhelming evidence that proves his guilt is actually the result of an extremely well planned setup. Having already been behind bars for longer than he would have liked, Bishop must engineer an escape plan but in the event, that's the easy part. The hard part is going to be evading capture and hunting down those responsible in order to prove his innocence.

The prison escape was great to read and was the first in a long line of cinematic quality scenes that Jason Dean delivers at all available opportunities, he writes some brilliant scenes that really put you right at the heart of the action. Bishop is alone in New York and is on a one man mission to hunt down those involved, and extract answers from them in order to prove his innocence. The reader is just as lost as Bishop, with no real idea about who is responsible. Everything was orchestrated quite masterfully, and so it's obvious that the people involved are both clever and dangerous, always a frightening combination. Despite knowing that there's further books in the Bishop series, I wondered just how the hell he was going to uncover everything and still be alive by the end of the story.

The overall pace of the book is exactly what you want and expect from a thriller and whilst all those hallmarks that make a thriller great are present, Jason Dean has created a believable character in James Bishop, a character that readers can really believe in. Jason has his own brand of storytelling and writing and the two books of his that I have now read have been very enjoyable indeed. I'm not one to sit and pick holes in a plot, certainly not in a thriller when much of what happens is beyond the norm as it is, but instead I judge books solely on how much I enjoyed them, and how good the mystery element was. I enjoyed The Wrong Man and I was kept guessing the whole way through, therefore I have no hesitation in recommending this book to thriller fans! And I'll be seeking out the other books in the series very soon.

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