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I discovered this book by accident a while ago and I've read it several times since. It's one of those books that seems to have gone largely unnoticed which is a shame as it's an astonishing read.
The story is set in Green River State Penitentiary, a rough, dark and bleak prison where Ray Klein has spent three tortuous years after a medical blunder which cost him his career and a patient their life. The prison itself is run by Hobbes, a warden who is losing his sanity and in the process is stirring racial tensions amongst the inmates to the point where it explodes in a riot prompting the entire prison to be locked down. Unfortunately not all the prisoners are in their cells and a rampage ensues.
Trapped in the prison hospital with visiting psychiatrist Juliette Devlin, Ray realises that he's going to have to call on all his skills and courage to save those around him and escape the hell that Green River has descended into.
This is a very brutal novel with scenes that will haunt you afterwards, not just the violence but the prison itself seems to be verging on something you'd expect to find in a third world country. Compared to stories like the Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, this is a far worse place to be incarcerated. In fact, this does stretch credibility at times as it seems impossible that things could be quite so bad in a US prison but it all adds to the feel of the story.
I'd say if you're a fan of Lee Child, Michael Connolly, John Connolly and similar authors then you would certainly enjoy this book. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Tim Willocks has produced, this is a masterpiece you won't soon forget.