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A vacation he couldn't refuse. A murder he didn't commit. A hellhole he needs to escape. Harry Hawkins, a tough and experienced former London cop, goes on a surprise vacation to Las Vegas with a group of lifetime friends, expecting to party hard. What he doesn’t expect is to wake up in a dead-end motel with a woman’s corpse in the bathroom and his memory shot to bits. As A vacation he couldn't refuse. A murder he didn't commit. A hellhole he needs to escape. Harry Hawkins, a tough and experienced former London cop, goes on a surprise vacation to Las Vegas with a group of lifetime friends, expecting to party hard. What he doesn’t expect is to wake up in a dead-end motel with a woman’s corpse in the bathroom and his memory shot to bits. As he starts to piece together the events that led him there he is moved, by an unseen hand, to a brutal high-security prison, where a reception committee has been eagerly awaiting his arrival. Friendless and alone, he is forced to use every resource of character to survive constant violence, humiliation...and worse. Can he put together the series of seemingly unrelated events that led to his incarceration in a desert hellhole, and escape to take revenge on those who put him there before he loses his life? American Lockdown is the latest in the gripping series of thrillers featuring Harry Hawkins. If you like gritty, page turning action then you'll love the latest in this highly acclaimed series from the Robson brothers, a growing force in British crime fiction.


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A vacation he couldn't refuse. A murder he didn't commit. A hellhole he needs to escape. Harry Hawkins, a tough and experienced former London cop, goes on a surprise vacation to Las Vegas with a group of lifetime friends, expecting to party hard. What he doesn’t expect is to wake up in a dead-end motel with a woman’s corpse in the bathroom and his memory shot to bits. As A vacation he couldn't refuse. A murder he didn't commit. A hellhole he needs to escape. Harry Hawkins, a tough and experienced former London cop, goes on a surprise vacation to Las Vegas with a group of lifetime friends, expecting to party hard. What he doesn’t expect is to wake up in a dead-end motel with a woman’s corpse in the bathroom and his memory shot to bits. As he starts to piece together the events that led him there he is moved, by an unseen hand, to a brutal high-security prison, where a reception committee has been eagerly awaiting his arrival. Friendless and alone, he is forced to use every resource of character to survive constant violence, humiliation...and worse. Can he put together the series of seemingly unrelated events that led to his incarceration in a desert hellhole, and escape to take revenge on those who put him there before he loses his life? American Lockdown is the latest in the gripping series of thrillers featuring Harry Hawkins. If you like gritty, page turning action then you'll love the latest in this highly acclaimed series from the Robson brothers, a growing force in British crime fiction.

30 review for London Large - American Lockdown: A Detective Hawkins Crime Thriller (London Large Hard-Boiled Crime Series Book 4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiger

    Very good 4th book in the Robson brothers Harry "H" Hawkins series. Harry is now retired from the MET and working as a P.I. when one of his London buddies wins a trip for 4 to Las Vegas and all the guys head to Sin City. On their first night out Harry has his drink spiked and wakes up in an out of the way motel with a dead hooker in the bathtub. Before he knows it he is whisked away to a corrupt American prison where he is brutalized daily with all of it being filmed. It becomes clear that someo Very good 4th book in the Robson brothers Harry "H" Hawkins series. Harry is now retired from the MET and working as a P.I. when one of his London buddies wins a trip for 4 to Las Vegas and all the guys head to Sin City. On their first night out Harry has his drink spiked and wakes up in an out of the way motel with a dead hooker in the bathtub. Before he knows it he is whisked away to a corrupt American prison where he is brutalized daily with all of it being filmed. It becomes clear that someone has set all of this up and Harry is in a dire situation that he must escape from before he is slaughtered. The authors keep us guessing as to the "who" and the "why" behind it all. Having "H" in a American prison was a nice change to this hard hitting, straight forward series......a solid 4 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Texas

    London Large, Blood on the Streets #1 - A well written, action filled, suspense novel set in present day London. The multiple battles of old school vs. new police, Russian and Albanian mafias, and the elites of government. The pace is fast and the reader is intrigued by what is on the pages. I couldn't put the book down. I contacted the authors to review their books after reading Tipping Point, the intro of the old school raising of several of the major characters. Tipping Point should be read f London Large, Blood on the Streets #1 - A well written, action filled, suspense novel set in present day London. The multiple battles of old school vs. new police, Russian and Albanian mafias, and the elites of government. The pace is fast and the reader is intrigued by what is on the pages. I couldn't put the book down. I contacted the authors to review their books after reading Tipping Point, the intro of the old school raising of several of the major characters. Tipping Point should be read first, if possible. 5* London Large, Bound by Blood #2 - A well written, action filled, suspense novel set, in present day London, that picks up from Blood on the Streets a few months later with the same characters plus. The prime focus is still the continuing battle against the Albanian mafia. I couldn't put this book down any more than I did the first book. I contacted the authors to review their books after reading Tipping Point, the intro the old school raising of several of the major characters. Tipping Point should be read first, if possible. 5* London Large, Bloody Liberties #3- Blood and thunder, to borrow a British phrase. A well written, action packed, suspense filled novel that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go until the end. Then you think about what you've read. I couldn't put the book down; I was immersed in the horror that is so possible today. Good old fashion soldiering, new technology and human perseverance; the combination making a great read. The twisting plot was well thought out and believable; the dialog realistic; and the technology spot on. If you haven't read the prequel and the first two books, you need to do so. Liberties can be read without them, but they enhance the story and you understand the viewpoints of the characters better. 5* London Large, American Lockdown #4 - Absolutely the best of this good series. Fast paced; action packed; suspense filled; evil and deadly. It's even harder to put this book down, the others were difficult to stop reading, but this one makes the others look like child's play. Every character is well developed and we have the gang from previous books. The plot is a roller coaster ride of horror, hate, revenge, anger and love. Full of emotions: simmering to full blown; you name it, it's covered. How much can H take? I wonder what the next book will be since it will be difficult to top this one, but I'm sure the Robson Brothers can handle it. This is a 10 star book! 5* London Large, Tipping Point, Prequel- Must read Tipping Point first before LL Blood on the Streets. The introduction of the old school raising of several of the major characters of the London Large series. This intro clarify any confusion the reader may experience in LL, Blood on the Streets. 5* Sharp and Short: A collection of shorts about Harry 'H' Hawkins, which should be read, in the sequential order of time, before and during the London Large series, especially Tipping Point. Tipping Point will explain a lot about the type of man he is and how he became Harry of the London Large series. Also, there's some information in this book that is mentioned in the first book and causes confusion for the reader that hadn't read TP. The other books have background about how H develops his feelings, good and bad, of the people, good and bad, in his life and work. Also, his mates are featured. Good background stories. 5* Home Front - November, 2003. Age 45. Harry's reaction to a string of violated, murdered young girls and health scare and his marriage. Counter Punch - October, 1984; February, 1985. While still in the army, H handles an extended family problem against a crime lord, with an American GI by H's side. On Tour - 1978. Nineteen year-old H, Shy Nervous John and Ronnie as part of the Anglers Athletic under-21s on tour in Amsterdam and Hamburg. Their first time out of England. That's Life - November, 1995. Little Ronnie is born and H lives his code about his friends, his "own". Unsafe Space - November 2017. As a private investigator, a case leads him to a university where the students are brainwashed by their professor into destruction and hatred. Tipping Point - January, 1974. Prequel - Must read Tipping Point first before LL Blood on the Streets. The introduction of the old school raising of several of the major characters of the London Large series. This intro clarify any confusion the reader may experience in LL, Blood on the Streets. Sharp and Short: End

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    Harry Hawkins has more or less been forced into early retirement from the London Met. He set up business as a PI and his wife Olivia couldn't be happier with regular working hours and away from the constant danger. H himself likes it this way as well. He teams up with a local journalist to solve a cold case murder. Then, one of his life long friends wins a trip to Las Vegas and all 4 'boys' decide to go. But when H wakes up groggy in an unknown hotel room, miles from where they're staying and wi Harry Hawkins has more or less been forced into early retirement from the London Met. He set up business as a PI and his wife Olivia couldn't be happier with regular working hours and away from the constant danger. H himself likes it this way as well. He teams up with a local journalist to solve a cold case murder. Then, one of his life long friends wins a trip to Las Vegas and all 4 'boys' decide to go. But when H wakes up groggy in an unknown hotel room, miles from where they're staying and with a strangled woman in his bath, he's in serious trouble. Certainly when DNA evidence confirms that he's the murderer. He's been set up in an utterly professional manner. And when he ends up in a high-security prison, he receives daily beatings and torture. Someone high up in the command chain of the prison gang will make him suffer as much as possible for as long as possible (until he commits suicide). His only hope is his former partner, Amisha. She flys there immediately, but will she be able to save him and get him out? And who is the mastermind of this conspiracy and why? This book is a real rollercoaster. It's so full of suspense and thrills that you'll be guaranteed to lose sleep over it once you start to read! It's not for the fainthearted though, some things in the book are so gruesome that I can't even describe or tell them. The story itself is great with lots of twists; not a fairytale though and sometimes tragic as even good people die. This is the best book that I've read in this series up to now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wells

    Harry ‘H’ Hawkins is back with another tough as nails story but this time unseen forces are at work maneuvering him into his own personal hell. It started nicely enough when ‘H’ and some mates win a trip to Vegas but that’s where the fun ends. Arrested for murder and shipped off to a desert rpsion ‘H’ is soon fighting, sometimes literally, for his life. Can he take to relentless beatings? The Robson brothers have delivered another thriller packed with action, tension and truly awful villains. ‘H Harry ‘H’ Hawkins is back with another tough as nails story but this time unseen forces are at work maneuvering him into his own personal hell. It started nicely enough when ‘H’ and some mates win a trip to Vegas but that’s where the fun ends. Arrested for murder and shipped off to a desert rpsion ‘H’ is soon fighting, sometimes literally, for his life. Can he take to relentless beatings? The Robson brothers have delivered another thriller packed with action, tension and truly awful villains. ‘H’ has been up against some evil people in this series but I think this time he’s facing the worst the world can throw his way. This story hits all the high notes of a London Large story and adds a new dimension with our hero being locked up in an American prison. I really enjoy these books and never take long to read them and this was true again with American Lockdown. It’s made easy by the writers ability to keep the plot moving fast and always maintaining the same level of entertainment you’d expect from them. There were times when I wasn’t sure exactly how they’d get ‘H’ out of the situations they had put him in. For people new to Harry ‘H’ Hawkins you could read this as a standalone novel but I think it works better with the familiarity of having read the characters before. Also there are some spoilers relating to the previous books if you’ve not read them but plan to. This series is great and this is another great addition to it, recommended for crime thriller fans but not for the faint hearted.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series so far, and this one continues the story of 'H' (Harry Hawkins) who has left the police force and is now a private investigator. H gets set up with a 'prize' of a trip to the USA, where he gets framed for the murder of a prostitute and then gets 'lost' in the American prison service, where his life is in danger. This is all being masterminded by an old foe of H's. Amisha (his colleague from his police days) is called in to help. Meanwhile back in I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series so far, and this one continues the story of 'H' (Harry Hawkins) who has left the police force and is now a private investigator. H gets set up with a 'prize' of a trip to the USA, where he gets framed for the murder of a prostitute and then gets 'lost' in the American prison service, where his life is in danger. This is all being masterminded by an old foe of H's. Amisha (his colleague from his police days) is called in to help. Meanwhile back in London, H's wife and son are also in danger. So, the story is clever and has lots of twists and turns, the characters are strong, believable and very well written, having developed throughout the series, and there is plenty of very exciting action, which made the book very difficult to put down, if only to see just how much more punishment H has to take! Those of a sensitive disposition should note that there is some pretty extreme violence in the book, and also a lot of bad language. I received an ARC of the book, but this honest review is voluntarily written.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    In this latest London Large sage, Harry Hawkins finds himself far from home and in serious trouble thanks to the carefully hatched schemes of old enemies. This story contains graphic violence and has a body count that is likely to make those who pay attention to such things wince but this newest offering from the brothers Robson is a brutal, hard hitting and at times painful to read but, like all of H's adventures, it's also hard to put down. I couldn't resist turning the page for that one more In this latest London Large sage, Harry Hawkins finds himself far from home and in serious trouble thanks to the carefully hatched schemes of old enemies. This story contains graphic violence and has a body count that is likely to make those who pay attention to such things wince but this newest offering from the brothers Robson is a brutal, hard hitting and at times painful to read but, like all of H's adventures, it's also hard to put down. I couldn't resist turning the page for that one more chapter to find out how each new setback would be resolved and which characters might not make the cut (no pun intended). Although I'm a lot less enthusiastic about taking a Vegas vacation after reading American Lockdown, I loved the story and can't wait to find out what kind of criminal lowlifes Harry will go after next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gina Stamper

    I loved the way that G&R Robson wove their tale. Characterization was huge in this novel. The characters were all very well developed and had their own motivations and faults. It made them seem more real to me as the reader. I also really liked the flow of this novel. It felt very smooth. This novel will keep you in suspense and trying to figure out each and every twist and turn as you read. You wont be able to put it down. I loved the way that G&R Robson wove their tale. Characterization was huge in this novel. The characters were all very well developed and had their own motivations and faults. It made them seem more real to me as the reader. I also really liked the flow of this novel. It felt very smooth. This novel will keep you in suspense and trying to figure out each and every twist and turn as you read. You wont be able to put it down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    C. Gonzales

    Superb writing from Garry and Roy Robson and an action packed story. There were a lot of moving a parts to this one and I really liked the originality that the Robson's brought. This novel was very vivid in the descriptions, the writing really jumped off the pages and into my head. Suspense and Mystery laced throughout. I felt like I got a solid understanding of the characters in the story. There was definitely a lot of action going on that will have readers flipping pages furiously.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Peaked with the first book of the series Whilst still an enjoyable read, the series, in my opinion, peaked with the first book. Since then the action has still retained its grittiness but has drifted away from reality in an effort to make "H" the toughest man on the planet. He was great as he was; let's hope that a more domestic agenda comes back in the future. It sounds like the new "Equaliser" is in town.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hine

    Who doesn’t love H.? I have read the series so far and can’t get enough Harry. The characters are well developed and the stories are always Interesting. Read it in 2 sittings couldn’t put it down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Davy

    Keeps getting better and better! I am absolutely hooked on these fantastic stories featuring the indomitable character of Harry “H” Hawkins. Every one of the books has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, they are absolutely gripping, you just can’t put them down and as soon as you’re finished, can’t wait to get your teeth into the next enthralling episode. Keep “em coming lads!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Great addition to the series, nice to see H on vacation!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Another great take with a twist Great story kept you guessing till the end. Many surprises along the way. Continues to lay Hs post retirement life out with interesting twist.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Angus

    A great read It's an old cliche, but once again I could not, as per the previous books,put this one down. I've purchased the next one so eager to get reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mackie

    American Lockdown is the fourth in the London Large series featuring the one and only Harry Hawkins,in this latest offering we see H on unfamiliar territory as he leaves his beloved East End for a jolly to Las Vegas but as you would expect things go terribly wrong as someone from H’s past is out for revenge.The Robson boys aren’t holding back with this book,and neither is H as he has to fight to survive.Overall a brilliant read,a bit more violent than the previous books and I would imagine there American Lockdown is the fourth in the London Large series featuring the one and only Harry Hawkins,in this latest offering we see H on unfamiliar territory as he leaves his beloved East End for a jolly to Las Vegas but as you would expect things go terribly wrong as someone from H’s past is out for revenge.The Robson boys aren’t holding back with this book,and neither is H as he has to fight to survive.Overall a brilliant read,a bit more violent than the previous books and I would imagine there will be one or two readers who will comment on the bad language but it’s not excessive and is used in context and is no worse than you would hear on a day to day basis. I would like to thank Gary and Roy for the advance copy and look forward to H’s next outing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mystee Pulcine

    This book is easily the best in series so far. I don't know if it is just because it was based in America, but something about this book made it easier to read and stay interested in. The truth of the issues presented in this book are painful. The American penal system is really messed up, but the authors also throw in a quip about the UK not having ID cards. This book renewed my vigor for this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Walther

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Creaser

  19. 4 out of 5

    mrs pamela hatcher

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Mitchell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon James

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Iona Littlewood

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Stevenson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Evans

  25. 5 out of 5

    michael davis

  26. 4 out of 5

    MR S P R HARRIS

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  28. 4 out of 5

    doreen power

  29. 4 out of 5

    June Folk

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amira Abdellatif

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