Duty always has a price.
When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney's west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It's a job for the second son, Ivan's younger brother Johnny. But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she's about to deliver her ultimatum- either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she'll leave, taking Sasha.
Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?
THE SECOND SON is a brilliant action-packed crime debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 02 / 2021
The Second Son
Loraine Peck has written a compulsive and gripping novel that skillfully weaves the same story through two sets of eyes - a husband and wife. From the moment I picked up the book I was invested in its characters. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. it’s fast paced, a joy to read and keeps you guessing right to the very end. Loved it!
Johnny Novak is the titular second son, and a member of a Sydney based Croation crime family. When his older brother is murdered Johhny is called upon to avenge the family name. His wife Amy gives an ultimatum as well - leave the family violence or she will leave with their young son.
This is fast paced and engaging, and the narrative switches between the viewpoint of Johnny and Amy which adds a layer of complexity to the storytelling. There is lots of action (and violence), but ultimately it is a story about family.
It is hard to beleive this is a debut novel by Loraine Peck and I look forward to more!