Title: Blind Shuffle
Author: Austin Williams
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication Date: October 2015
Number of Pages: 266
Star Rating: 5 Stars
I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I made the decision to read Blind Shuffle for my review blog. The story looked good and the main character sounded intriguing. Now I know those thoughts were the understatement of the year! Rusty Diamond is learning the hard way you can’t outrun your demons and while I haven’t read the first book, Austin Williams makes this apparently clear about this character in such a way that you want to read the previous book and are anxiously awaiting the next.
Rusty doesn’t magically have all the answers. He won’t pull mystery solving rabbits from hats but there are certain instances where his skills as a street magician come in handy. There’s a lot on the line and he’s really sticking his neck out there. Not in a heroic “I’m going to save the day” way, but in a “I have to do this because if I don’t who will look after those I care about?” way. I love this so much because it’s a kazillion times more realistic. Rusty is a kazillion times more realistic and this plot that he finds himself wrapped up in wrapped me up too! So much so that I’m now a huge Rusty Diamond and Austin Williams fan!
Thank you Diversion Books and Partners In Crime Tours for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.