After breaking up with his girlfriend and losing his father, Salem Reid leaves college after his freshman year at Georgia Southern and joins the Army. He does two tours of duty in Iraq, and then stays in the troubled region to provide security to corporate figures and dignitaries involved in the rebuilding. He returns to his hometown of Atlanta after a decade, a decorated and seasoned war veteran. All is quiet for a while as he starts his security/limo service in Buckhead. But an old high school buddy seeks his help after a depraved night out on the town, and Reid is suddenly thrust into the world of drugs, sex, deceit and murder.
Varied Traits takes us on a whirlwind tour of the streets of North Atlanta, as Salem Reid hunts down those who seek to harm his friends from both the past and the present. It is a tale that pits good against evil, right against wrong, and introduces characters who grapple with the blurred lines between sex and love.
Five Star Review on Amazon By PaulAllard
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. An ex-army owner of a security/limousine business finds himself involved in providing justice after a friend gets robbed and a prostitute dies of an overdose, all resulting in violent retribution.
The pace is excellent and it is a real page-turner, engaging and exciting. Our hero never puts a foot wrong, unlike other detectives/heroes of mystery thrillers.
One misgiving that I have is that, if you are not totally familiar with life in the United States, many references will escape the reader – that certainly happened to me (Blue Moon etc..). This is even truer if the reader does not know the city of Atlanta: there are lengthy descriptions of routes around Atlanta, various places and restaurants, all of which is meaningless to anyone outside of Atlanta.
However a quick and entertaining read.
About the Author
Inspired to write by authors like Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, Robert Crais, Lee Child, and others, Brown began writing his first novel, Varied Traits, in the summer of 2014. The sequel, Heavy Hour, was launched in September 2015.
A writer of gritty, urban thrillers, his novels are usually connected to the Action/Suspense/Thriller genre, but sometimes are referred to as Crime Fiction/Mystery as well.
Growing up in Atlanta, he attended Chamblee High School and Georgia State University, majoring in Chemistry. An avid baseball and football fan, he loves reading as much as he enjoys writing.
Brown currently lives in Northeast Atlanta with his wife and two teenage children.
To learn more about Patrick Brown and his novels, please visit his website: www.patrickbrownnovels.com