Saturday 23 October 2021


Synopsis/blurb ....

On Valentine’s Day, a professional thief and his partner robbed a bank in a Central Pennsylvania town. It all went well... until the getaway. His partner was killed, the money was lost, and the injured thief barely escaped with his life. Now, four months later, he’s going back for his money. But he’s not the only one after it. Corrupt cops, warring street gangs, white nationalists and crooked politicians all agree on one thing – they want him gone. Permanently.

"He's very good, and he's a genuine Pennsylvanian. Knighton's A Few Days Away is hard-edged and suspenseful, with action that feels real and an anti-hero who can keep all the moving parts in his mind at once." Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author

"A must-read for aspiring criminals, who will learn that going straight offers a much simpler life. I was with Knighton’s anti-hero thief all the way, figuring whatever he netted from this caper, he earned it. Taut writing, crisp dialogue, non-stop action. What more could you want?" Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author

Two word review. Bloody brilliant!

Fantastic story, great setting, an incredibly interesting main character, cracking pace, perfect length, satisfying outcome.

I always find criminals better company than straights. No exception here. A Few Days Away is busy, violent, and compelling. Really gripping. Our unnamed protagonist, first seen in Three Hours Past Midnight (another cracker of a book) doesn't have the best of luck on his jobs, with everything going sideways after a car accident. Money lost and a steely determination to get it back whatever the obstacles. 

Tony Knighton has three books two his name - the two belters in this series and a collection of short stories - Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties. Do yourself a favour and check his work out. Thank me later.

5 from 5

Read - October, 2021
Published - 2021
Page count - 240
Source - review copy from publisher, Brash Books
Format - PDF read on laptop 


  1. It sounds like a great premise, Col, and I'm once again drawn to it because of its setting. It's the part of the USA where I grew up, so it'd be interesting to see how Knighton depicts that. And there is something about an anti-hero, isn't there? Good to hear that this one ticked all the boxes for you.

    1. Margot, it's a really great book. Possibly more me than you, but you might like it. The two books from Knighton are really top drawer.

  2. Col – I’ve been waiting for this one because his last was so damn good.

    1. Elgin, yeah I really enjoyed that one as well. Only a few books before this one!