Murder On The Bayou

A Tom Hill Novel

Fiction - Crime
387 Pages
Reviewed on 08/15/2022
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

In Drew Davis' Murder On The Bayou: A Tom Hill Novel, the central figure Tom Hill is a man with distinctly different sides. A prominent mob boss doing his best to keep his territory working smoothly under his benevolent control on one hand, and on the other a doting father trying to be his version of the perfect father to his son. Sensing a growing rift between himself and Eric, he takes his son on a trip as an opportunity for the two of them to bond while he gets some business done on the side. It seems that wherever he goes trouble follows him around, with murder on the cards and betrayal brewing within his ranks.

Drew Davis delivers an interesting crime and mystery combination with Murder On The Bayou. Once l got past the dark humor and the flowery language I couldn't help but be impressed with the depth of the story. It requires an effort to intertwine two different plots into one fluent storyline but Davis does this with ease. With gangsters and back-alley deals giving you a first-hand feel of the underworld, there's no way you can avoid getting caught up in the excitement this book has to offer. There were times while reading the book that I felt like too much was going on all at once but, in retrospect, I have to admit it gives the book a degree of authenticity one can only get from thorough background research. Murder On The Bayou is an excellent piece of work.

K.J. Simmill

In Murder on the Bayou: A Tom Hill Novel by Drew Davis, Tom knew he was in trouble. As a party to stealing three million from the feared Diaz crime family, he would do anything to cast suspicion elsewhere, even taking on a hit on someone he knew was innocent of the accusations. But his conscience is catching up with him, making him seem weak to his crew when he fails to act. With his objective within reach, how far will he go to get that which he desires? He is no longer the only one appearing weak, as, with the loss of the money, Eddie Diaz's position is no longer as secure as before. Pieces are moving, schemes are hatching, and when the game ends, who knows who will remain standing.

Murder on the Bayou is a riveting plot following a cast of complex characters, each working toward their own agendas, trying to survive the raging mob war. Drew Davis conjures up the perfect atmosphere for a tale of strife and ambition, crafting vivid scenes and encouraging the reader to lose themselves in the story. From treachery and secrets to traps and betrayal, it has everything you’d expect to find in a gritty and compelling crime read as the characters do all they can to survive and achieve their goals. Grudges, peril, and suspicion drive the plot forward, weaving the characters together in an intriguing tapestry of events, ensuring readers keep turning the pages to discover who will succeed in their schemes, and who will find their time cut short. One thing is for certain; nothing is as it seems, and trust is a commodity in short supply.

K.C. Finn

Murder On The Bayou: A Tom Hill Novel penned by author Drew Davis is a work of fiction in the crime and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the mature reading audience owing to graphic scenes of sex and violence as well as explicit language use throughout. The novel is the fourth in the Tom Hill series, but it can be read as a standalone tale as we get plenty of intel on the capable and sometimes ruthless crime boss and his past exploits. In this next episode, it seems everyone is out to get Tom and either take his money, his life, or both. He and his son Eric must discover whether they are smart enough to survive the subterfuge and get away with the spoils of their latest scheme.

Author Drew Davis holds nothing back in this truly thrilling and action-packed crime novel that will have readers speeding through the pages to see what happens next. As a protagonist, Tom Hill is delivered with a suave narrative quality that endears him to readers despite his criminal exploits, and also paints a picture of how many people out there are far more deadly and despicable. With Tom in their crosshairs, this series of dangerous people come to life with vivid dialogue and tense scene crafting that makes everything feel cinematic and atmospheric, and will certainly leave readers with their hearts pounding. Overall, I would definitely recommend Murder On The Bayou for crime fiction fans everywhere, especially for those seeking crime stories told from a unique perspective.

Christian Sia

Murder on the Bayou: A Tom Hill Novel by Drew Davis is a fast-paced crime thriller with robust characters and strong plot points. Crime boss Tom Hill has just stolen $3 million in cold cash and, having just ended a bloody mob war, all he wants is to escape to the coast with his son Eric for some good fun. But it seems like more than one person wants a piece of him, including Eddie Diaz, who discovers that Hill is behind the theft of his family’s drug money. Hill’s rival, James Ross, wants revenge and will stop at nothing to see Hill dead. Gulf Coast Mafia chief Russell Shaw is no longer on good terms with Hill and with the latest developments in business, he’d want him dead as well. To complicate things further, Eric gets involved with a blonde who lures him into a deadly trap. Hemmed in from all sides, can Tom make it out alive?

Beautiful prose, rock-solid characters, and a twisty plot are just a few of the elements that readers will enjoy in Drew Davis’ Murder on the Bayou. This novel is a riveting page-turner about mob war and the author does a wonderful job of crafting a world that is enticing yet filled with danger. Tom Hill is a unique character, involved in crime on different fronts, a man who commits an act that puts him in the sights of another powerful criminal. The drug world is stunningly drawn and the author’s ability to weave suspenseful scenes makes this story one that is hard to put down. Readers who are looking for well-crafted stories with intricate plots will love this book.