Tuesday 23 August 2022



Synopsis/blurb ...

In the stifling heat of a Sydney summer, young Rhia is being hunted.

She was in the wrong place at the wrong time; now, both the police and a right-wing group of fanatics are after her. The only one on her side is Indigenous investigator Carter Thompson from the Prosecutors Office.

In Rhia's possession is a stolen USB full of secrets that could destroy the New Light Church. After NLC sets their attack dog, P.I. Sally Bois on the case, Thompson and Bois clash and race against time to find Rhia.

With a dangerous plan in motion, can Rhia and Carter clear her name - or is it already too late?

City Of Sin is the first book in Sean O'Leary's riveting crime series set in Sydney, Australia.

Dark, down, dirty, exciting and gritty to the nth degree.

Illicit sex, prostitution, a powerful church, secret assignations and trysts, a death in a dingy motel, a missing USB stick, a recovery operation, a police investigation, a hacker, political ambitions in jeopdardy, a clean-up operation, more death, impending flight and a new life, a manhunt, violent conflict and a measure of justice at the end of the tale.

Fast-paced and busy throughout. I really liked the main character, Carter Thompson and his work methods, slightly unorthodox though they might be. Cover-ups and secrets are surmountable obstacles when Thompson is on the case. There's plenty of action and tension in the book. An immovable object meets an irresistable force.

Bang on the money and my kind of reading. I even learned something new at the grand old age of 58 - a sexual peccadillo that I had manged to blissfully remain unaware of for over half a century, unlike the Prince of Wales, allegedly.

5 from 5

Sean O'Leary's work has been enjoyed before - WonderlandGoing all the Way and Tokyo Jazz and Other Stories. I'm excited about the next Carter Thompson book, whenever it drops.  

Read - July, 2022
Published - 2022
Page count - 178
Source - review copy from author
Format - Kindle


  1. I like the sound of the Carter Thompson character, Col. And Rhia sounds interesting as a character, too. It's a timely story, too, with the far right active now in so many places. I can see how this one would appeal to you.

    1. Margot, I'm really glad I've got myself acquainted with Sean O'Leary's work. It is quite topical with far right elements showing their face in a lot of countries - Aus, the US and the UK.