Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves for Christmas – #Dystopian #Thriller A Justified State by Iain Kelly

Very pleased to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore with his latest book, Iain Kelly with A Justified State.

About A Justified State

In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation.

Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

One of the early reviews for the book

There are plenty of dystopian thrillers around, but few have such thorough and well considered world building as Iain Kelly’s A Justified State.

The setting is somewhere in the near future, a world where resources are running so low and nature has been so ravaged by man, humanity is actually banned from interacting with it, herded instead into state provided block housing, kept alive into extended old age by medical intervention, surviving on meagre rations. Alcohol and cigarettes are banned, the power keeps going out and their hasn’t been an open election in years.

Into this mess steps our protagonist, washed up detective Danny Samson, who suddenly finds he has the case of his career on his hands – one that might cost him his life.

I don’t want to share any spoilers, but the world created is extraordinary – alien but frighteningly close to our own in light of current environmental and social issues. This is where we could be in forty years time – if we’re lucky. The action is pacy and exciting, the characters fleshed out, nuanced and believable, the mystery over the assassination is genuinely intriguing and alarming. It drew me in and made me want to find out more – always the sign of a good read! I’d love to read more by this author.

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Also by Iain Kelly

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About Iain Kelly

I live in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in Scotland, where I spend most all my time raising my twin son and daughter. In my spare time I work as an editor of television programmes for the BBC. When I’m not doing either of those things I write stories, read stories and watch stories.

My first novel, A Justified State, was published in late 2018, and a collection of early short pieces, Collected Sketches, was published in late 2016.

The main purpose of this blog is to post my fiction writing. In the past I have reviewed films and books and I may carry on doing the occasional bit of that too. Thanks for taking the time to read anything, all comments, shares and likes are welcome and I hope you enjoy.

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Thanks for visiting today and it would be great if you could spread the news about Iain’s new novel. Thanks Sally



9 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves for Christmas – #Dystopian #Thriller A Justified State by Iain Kelly

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