Other Books 2015

Behind the Character, Alvin Alvin of “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files | Guest Post with Kevin 11

You may remember a little while ago I reviewed a book called “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files by Kevin 11. “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files is the second book in the series which follows the crime fighters of the Brooklyn Police Department in the 23rd Precinct. I loved this new interesting take on the detective genre and the cinematic style of Kevin 11. I find it so inspiring the way that creators today take creative freedom not only of their work but also the publishing, distribution and marketing. “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files is published by indie book publishers Flowered Concrete and Kevin is doing a blog tour to offer a behind the scenes glimpse at this gritty world and a chance to get to know the characters a little better. I am thrilled to give you a glimpse of what Kevin has to say about Alvin Alvin (yep that’s his name).


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Behind The Character:

For some reason, detective Alvin Alvin is still a mystery to me. For one, despite him being  a really good cop and highly fashionable in style and appearance, there seems to be more beneath the surface that has yet to be uncovered. Many folks are probably wondering what on earth possessed me to name him Alvin Alvin.

For one, I thought it would be really funny to give him the same first and last name. Another reason as to why I named him this way is because I wanted to slightly trick readers into thinking that I had made a typo with his name.

However, when reading both Tales of the 23RD Precinct and as well as frankly TWISTED, readers can see that that is certainly not the case. Going forward, it will be interesting to see where exactly I take him as a character. For one thing, he will definitely have big shoes to fill due to the fact that he will be taking over as Captain of the 23rd precinct. Hopefully by then, we will get a better chance to see not only how he works and interacts with others, but also, go a bit in-depth within his personal life.


I would like to say thanks to Kevin for including Bernie and Books in his tour. You can check out his blog here where you can also find all the other guest post from the tour. “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or via Flowered Concrete.

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Requested Reviews

Requested Review – “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files, Kevin 11 Read 9/6/15

“Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files by Kevin 11 is the second book in a trilogy that follows the 23rd precinct of the Brooklyn Police Department. Although this book is the second in the series it is a prequel to the events of the first which actually made it a great starting point for a new comer like me.

The story follows the men and women whose job it is to fight crime in New York City. However, all is not as it seems in the 23rd precinct and the reason as to why cases keep stalling and going cold is far from what anyone imagined.

My first thought when reading this book is how much it feels like a TV series. The chapters are episodes and the cases within them are solved by the time the imagined credits role. Similarly, throughout every episode there are hints of something bigger that builds and builds until we get to the season finale. I must admit I loved this. I loved the way each episode focused on a different member of the BKPD but the other characters weaved through all the stories. Like a good series on netflix I could dip in to one episode at a time or binge read two or three after the other. I really enjoyed reading this book.

The characters are really well written too. As the narrative is told in the first person from many different points of view I loved the way my opinion of a character would be formed from what the narrator told me and then I would be surprised when the narrative finally came around to be told from that character’s point of view. Similarly, hearing a character talk about another member of the precinct whose story I had already read, I would be able to think to myself “just you wait you’ve got that person so wrong” and feel really smug about it. The characters and the relationships between them were so very well thought out the story was seamless.

I have only one criticism of this book and it is a very small one. I like detective novels where I the reader have to try and figure out the case as well. I love that feeling of it suddenly clicking and getting to the answer before the characters in the book and then sometimes there being a huge twist and me being completely wrong. I missed that element in “Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files. The cases we follow are very much as an observer rather than a participant and I think this is because the focus is more on the detectives themselves rather than the cases they solve. The story of the detectives is enjoyable in itself, I just would have liked a bit of both worlds.

“Frankly Twisted”: The Lost Files by Kevin 11 is published by Flowered Concrete and is available on July 21st. Find out more: http://www.floweredconcrete.net/

The author also has a blog you should check out: https://kevinanglade.wordpress.com/

Rating: 4/5

Would recommend to: anybody who loves CSI, Law & Order etc.

P.S. Not suitable for young audiences

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