Monday 25 July 2022



What would you do for a murdered friend?

When a friend is murdered, John Cutler is determined to find those responsible. This means running afoul of the local police department, a drug-running crew, and a wanted man who’s eluded capture for more than a decade.

Now, danger lurks around every corner and in the shadows, but Cutler isn’t easily intimidated. Instead, he’s the type who will doggedly pursue justice at risk to his own life.

Soon, bodies appear wherever Cutler’s been—a trail of destruction left by a desperate man to cover his tracks.

As John Cutler closes in on the truth, can he catch a killer before he escapes the law once again?

Cutler’s Chase is the second book in an exciting new series from Colin Conway, the author of the 509 Crime Stories and the Flip-Flop Detective. If you want gritty crime fiction at a whiplash pace, then this book is for you.

Cutler's Chase was another enjoyable entry in the four books (to date) series from Colin Conway.

It's a busy book .... nightclub bouncing for a job, an altercation, some downtime, a f-buddy friendship, domestic abuse, another altercation, a story, a missing fugitive, a dead man's family, a murdered friend, a new woman on the scene, pet adoption, a hunt for a killer, an alliance with a cop, an alliance of sorts with a local criminal king-pin, a drug gang, new identities, a kidnapping, a beat-down or two and a lot more besides.

Interesting story line with plenty of action, pace, character and more than a few twists in the plot.

I liked John Cutler in this book a bit more than the last one. He's not as abrasive, he's more considered and less angry. He's much more rounded and much better company as a result. I liked how he tried to do the right thing for his dead friend, how he tried to help the lady down the hall and also tried his best for the villain of the piece's family. He also shows honesty in his relationship with the opposite sex. This series is a definite grower.

4 from 5

Cutler's Return was read previously. The 3rd and 4th books - Cutler's Friend and Cutler's Cases have subsequently been enjoyed.

I look forward to Colin Conway writing a 5th series entry! 

Read - March, 2022
Published - 2021
Page count - 281
Source - review copy from author
Format - Kindle


  1. I'm not surprised you liked this one, Col. I find that, often (not always!), an author's second in a series is better than the first; you can see the characters, etc., growing. And I do like Conway's writing and the way he develops his characters. Glad this one ticked so many of the boxes for you.

    1. Margot, I have seen the opinion expressed that an author can grow into their series works and they get stronger. You may have a point. I've not reviewed them yet, but books 3 and 4 of the Cutler series were more enjoyable than the opener in my opinion.