MADE SAFE by FRANCIS SPARKS #thriller #crime #must read @writingsparks @pandamoonpub



A private detective determined to unravel it all.

When an adultery investigation takes a violent turn, Fred Dunsmore lands in the hospital with a near-fatal stab wound and private investigator Moses Winter lands in jail. Moses is not alone, though. He’s there with his unstable client, Sharon Dunsmore, and Fred’s mistress, a Bosnian refugee who just happens to be related to the DCI agent investigating the case, Raif Rakić.

After Rakić secures their release, Fred disappears, and Moses Winter must find the man his client tried to kill, and in doing so navigate the murky depths of the Des Moines criminal underworld run by the local Bosnian mafia syndicate.


Well this is a novel that impresses. I like nothing better than skimming what a book is about just to make sure that it is my kind of read and then when I actually start reading I am going in quite blind. All I know is that at the time something grabbed me about it. I am so glad that I followed my instincts because this novel is thoroughly entertaining from the first page to last.

Take one Private Investigator, Moses Winter, well I am already smiling because what a bloke he is. I loved his commitment not only to his client, where he would take a fall for if necessary, but also to the beyond the call of duty just because it is the right thing to do, the people he is dealing with matter it is not just a job to him. Unfortunately, Moses is a very trusting bloke, which seems to leave him in some pretty dire situations. You can see them coming and Francis Sparks can certainly create the atmosphere to go with it, which makes for quite compelling reading. So things go drastically wrong, from a bad decision by Moses to let a client come along to witness her two timing husband in the act. It then leads to being part of the most horrendous criminal acts being committed that he could possibly  imagine. One thing is for sure though Moses Winter is in it for the duration.

As Moses moves from being involved in a simple marital problem case to much worse the police also play a large part in this story. Raif Rakic is Bosnian and in charge of this case. He has  moved to the USA for a better life, with quite a proportion of his family, including his cousin Sejla, The third party in the love triangle of Moses’ case before it went belly up. Rakic is very much a man that will bend the law to protect his family and this case is no different. Rakic and Moses make to formidable team. Rakic may be prone to bending the law but he still wants to get the bad guys.

Frances Sparks novel has a little bit of everything. I do like a criminal novel to have some humour in it and this book provided that for me along with a cracking story line that just kept expanding. A long with the good guys there has to be the crooks too and well they certainly know how to dish out the violence. I got the feeling that some of these characters really did enjoy their work!   It always amazes me to what depths people will go to for money and how life has little meaning. Francis Sparks captures this perfectly in his novel. It has been a pleasure to read this book, thanks to the author. I have chosen to review this book.


Francis Sparks grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa where he spent his days avoiding bulls and other livestock as he created castles in the pasture made of fallen trees, twine pilfered from his father’s hay baler and his imagination. Since graduating from college, he has lived in the ‘big’ city where he continues to build castles and fight dragons in the IT industry. Francis Sparks is a writer living in Des Moines, IA with his amazing wife where he is always working on his next novel or short story and teaching his children about dragons.



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