Book Review: The King of Sunday Morning

I was anxious to review The King of Sunday Morning by J B McCauley.  The book summary held many of the elements of movies that I've enjoyed over the years.  How did The King of Sunday Morning stand up to review here in this little corner of the world?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in this review.  I may also receive compensation from affiliate linking in this post.  All opinions are my own.

Summary of The King of Sunday Morning.
The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been. Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life. But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules. Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong. “I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”  

The King of Sunday Morning successfully submerges readers into a dark, pain filled world.   For many readers, a world filled with nonstop drugs, sex, and violence is something of fiction.  Many authors who attempt the subject fall flat with cliche, over-done scenes and over-the-top characters.  J B McCauley creates his characters with realism and real-world settings that pull readers into the dark world of The King of Sunday morning.

The King of Sunday Morning is more than explicit language, frequent drug use and sex scenes.  Sometimes people are products of environment.  Sometimes of poor decision making.  Sometimes of privilege.  Tray McCarthy is a product of all of these--and the explicit content of this book is Tray--but, that is not all that Tray is about.  Deep down, he was a man caught in a world where he didn't belong--with dreams and desires that just weren't aligned with his destiny.

Would I recommend The King of Sunday Morning?  I struggled with the first section of the book as the author gave pages and pages of background information--in random, chronological order.  Once I had a general understanding of who the characters were and of the storyline, I reread those early segments and it really helped put everything into perspective.  If you enjoy dark, almost disturbing, stories about the drug trade--this book is certainly for you.  It is disturbing at times, uncomfortable at times--but, offers a well written look at an entire world where most of us are strangers.


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