NET GALLEY REVIEWS – The Death of Harry Crow

REVIEWS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This is a great book that has you hooked from the first page to the very last. This is my first from this author but not my last. Excellent.

Erin Stetler – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

How can I describe this book? This is what I am looking for and I’ll definitely suggest this to anyone because this is worth your time to try his incredible work. A perfectly planned and well-written plot which makes me look forward to his works. Each page has different twists and surprises, a bit tricky for me. The ending and revelations are entirely unpredictable, again this is not your typical type of mystery story it has its uniqueness.

Dreamidge – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you to Leith C. MacArthur for this engrossing book. It follows two identical twins whom are named Annie and Amanda Crow, they celebrate their fourteenth birthday. Their father is called Harry Crow, he died in an explosive car crash which involved 3 cars…everyone in the crash unfortunately died.  

Time skip four years later, Amanda one of the twins goes missing and Amanda’s boyfriend was found murdered. With very little assistance from their local police department.  Then the mother of the girls finds William Snow and hires him as he has a very great reputation in which he ends up finding children that go missing!

So William opens up an extensive investigation and he ends up finding a link between Harry’s death and Amanda going missing.. He ends up going deeper into the investigation then more horrifying news of more people disappearing,  The case eventually leads to an deserted island, and a madman known as The Driver, and the twisted truth behind the death of Harry gets revealed….. 

This was such a mysterious and twisty book with shock plots and investigation, it had me on edge and kept me going all the way to the end and I could not put it down and it had me gripped, I loved the progression of the story and all the twists involved.

Definitely recommend 5 Stars.

Shannon W. – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This novel follows the remarkable detective William Snow as he uses his otherworldly skills to uncover the bizarre disappearance and murder of a young couple. This novel is incredible, thrilling and the unique plot devices truly make this an exciting read from start to finish.

Mycal Amber B. – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

William Snow has the gift of sight. He is an expert in finding missing children when the police cannot connect the dots. He has the gift of being liked by people. They tell him the little things that help him follow the trail to the truth. You know he is a caring person having rescued his dog from a dumpster. A multiple vehicle accident with many deaths 4 years ago will connect with missing people and even a dog in the present. The police cannot see the connection but Snow and his unusual friend will find the trail which will lead to an unbelievable finish.

This is a mystery with a difference. Characters that are believable. You will find you cannot wait till the last page.


I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte Pawson – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I would like to thank NetGalley.com and Cameron Publicity and Marketing Ltd for an advance copy of The Death of Harry Crow, the first novel to feature Rhode Island based “Finding Man” William Snow.

Snow finds people when the police have failed so Laura Crow asks him for help in finding her teenage daughter, Amanda, who has been troubled and difficult since the death of her father in a car crash four years earlier and whom the police believe has run away with her boyfriend. The discovery of the boyfriend’s murdered body leads Snow to believe that Amanda has been kidnapped and somehow it is linked to the death of Harry Crow. Snow begins hunting a madman known as The Driver.

I enjoyed The Death of Harry Crow which is a well written and plotted crime thriller with some unexpected twists and turns, not least the fact that William Snow is psychic. I’ll be honest, it’s not really my kind of reading and the author makes a big thing of it. There is no “maybe there’s an alternative explanation“ it is straightforward places and things inducing visions/daydreams that he can interpret correctly to push his investigation forward. Hmm.

Nevertheless it is well written with a plot that unfolds over the course of the novel with much of the mystery lying in The Driver’s motives and plans. The narrative is mostly split between Snow in the first person and The Driver in the third person, one tracking, the other carrying out his unspecified plan. It has a moreish quality as the reader tries to work out what The Driver is up to and wills Snow on to find Amanda, as his quest grows increasingly bigger and more convoluted. It’s fair to say that the ending is unusual as all becomes clear and the situation is resolved.

I’m not sure what to think of William Snow as, in many ways, he remains a cypher. Dogged, yes, psychic, yes, kind, yes, everything else, no. I liked the novel but, again, I’m not sure if I want to read the follow up.

Elaine Tomasso – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Quite enjoyed this book, and the writing style of MacArthur. Will be on the look out for more of his work. Particularly enjoyed how the psychic aspect was handled.

June Lorraine R. – Net Galley Reviews
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When you sit down by the fire to read Leith C. MacArthur’s latest thriller, The Death of Harry Crow, you’d better hold on to your hat. The story charges right out of the gate with a deadly multi-car crash, a murder, the kidnapping of a teenage girl, and The Driver—a strange man in a truck with an equally strange cargo. The action comes at a blistering pace and it never lets up. 

By creating detailed visual settings, vivid characters, evocative dialogue, and a narrative that fuels an explosive plot, MacArthur not only pulled me into the story, he dragged me into the horror and never let go.


And The Driver scared the hell out of me!

If you like thrillers, The Death of Harry Crow is a must-read!

Enjoy!

A teacher of writing for more than four decades, Jack Galvin has published thirty-five articles in both regional and national magazines, and he co-wrote the award winning Within Reach, a harrowing account of Mt. Everest’s deadliest disaster. Jack continues to teach The Circle of Scholars program at Salve Regina University.

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GALVIN REVIEW – The Death of Harry Crow

When you sit down by the fire to read Leith C. MacArthur’s latest thriller, The Death of Harry Crow, you’d better hold on to your hat. The story charges right out of the gate with a deadly multi-car crash, a murder, the kidnapping of a teenage girl, and The Driver—a strange man in a truck with an equally strange cargo. The action comes at a blistering pace and it never lets up. 

By creating detailed visual settings, vivid characters, evocative dialogue, and a narrative that fuels an explosive plot, MacArthur not only pulled me into the story, he dragged me into the horror and never let go.
And The Driver scared the hell out of me!
If you like thrillers, The Death of Harry Crow is a must-read!

Enjoy!

A teacher of writing for more than four decades, Jack Galvin has published thirty-five articles in both regional and national magazines, and he co-wrote the award winning Within Reach, a harrowing account of Mt. Everest’s deadliest disaster. Jack continues to teach The Circle of Scholars program at Salve Regina University.

The Death of Harry Crow

As identical twins Annie and Bailey Crow celebrate their fourteenth birthday, their father Harry is involved in a fiery three-car crash that leaves all occupants dead.

Four years after the accident, Annie suddenly vanishes, and her boyfriend is found murdered. Getting little assistance from the police, Annie’s mother seeks the help of William Snow, a local man with a reputation for finding missing children. 

Snow begins an investigation and soon uncovers an inexplicable link between Annie’s disappearance and her father’s deadly accident. As Snow digs further into this bizarre connection, more people start to disappear. The case eventually leads him to an uninhabited island, a madman known as The Driver, and the twisted truth behind the death of Harry Crow. 

REVIEWS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This is a great book that has you hooked from the first page to the very last. This is my first from this author but not my last. Excellent.

Erin Stetler – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

How can I describe this book? This is what I am looking for and I’ll definitely suggest this to anyone because this is worth your time to try his incredible work. A perfectly planned and well-written plot which makes me look forward to his works. Each page has different twists and surprises, a bit tricky for me. The ending and revelations are entirely unpredictable, again this is not your typical type of mystery story it has its uniqueness.

Dreamidge – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you to Leith C. MacArthur for this engrossing book. It follows two identical twins whom are named Annie and Amanda Crow, they celebrate their fourteenth birthday. Their father is called Harry Crow, he died in an explosive car crash which involved 3 cars…everyone in the crash unfortunately died.  

Time skip four years later, Amanda one of the twins goes missing and Amanda’s boyfriend was found murdered. With very little assistance from their local police department.  Then the mother of the girls finds William Snow and hires him as he has a very great reputation in which he ends up finding children that go missing!

So William opens up an extensive investigation and he ends up finding a link between Harry’s death and Amanda going missing.. He ends up going deeper into the investigation then more horrifying news of more people disappearing,  The case eventually leads to an deserted island, and a madman known as The Driver, and the twisted truth behind the death of Harry gets revealed….. 

This was such a mysterious and twisty book with shock plots and investigation, it had me on edge and kept me going all the way to the end and I could not put it down and it had me gripped, I loved the progression of the story and all the twists involved.

Definitely recommend 5 Stars.

Shannon W. – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This novel follows the remarkable detective William Snow as he uses his otherworldly skills to uncover the bizarre disappearance and murder of a young couple. This novel is incredible, thrilling and the unique plot devices truly make this an exciting read from start to finish.

Mycal Amber B. – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 4 out of 5.

William Snow has the gift of sight. He is an expert in finding missing children when the police cannot connect the dots. He has the gift of being liked by people. They tell him the little things that help him follow the trail to the truth. You know he is a caring person having rescued his dog from a dumpster. A multiple vehicle accident with many deaths 4 years ago will connect with missing people and even a dog in the present. The police cannot see the connection but Snow and his unusual friend will find the trail which will lead to an unbelievable finish.

This is a mystery with a difference. Characters that are believable. You will find you cannot wait till the last page.


I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley.com and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte Pawson – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I would like to thank NetGalley.com and Cameron Publicity and Marketing Ltd for an advance copy of The Death of Harry Crow, the first novel to feature Rhode Island based “Finding Man” William Snow.

Snow finds people when the police have failed so Laura Crow asks him for help in finding her teenage daughter, Amanda, who has been troubled and difficult since the death of her father in a car crash four years earlier and whom the police believe has run away with her boyfriend. The discovery of the boyfriend’s murdered body leads Snow to believe that Amanda has been kidnapped and somehow it is linked to the death of Harry Crow. Snow begins hunting a madman known as The Driver.

I enjoyed The Death of Harry Crow which is a well written and plotted crime thriller with some unexpected twists and turns, not least the fact that William Snow is psychic. I’ll be honest, it’s not really my kind of reading and the author makes a big thing of it. There is no “maybe there’s an alternative explanation“ it is straightforward places and things inducing visions/daydreams that he can interpret correctly to push his investigation forward. Hmm.

Nevertheless it is well written with a plot that unfolds over the course of the novel with much of the mystery lying in The Driver’s motives and plans. The narrative is mostly split between Snow in the first person and The Driver in the third person, one tracking, the other carrying out his unspecified plan. It has a moreish quality as the reader tries to work out what The Driver is up to and wills Snow on to find Amanda, as his quest grows increasingly bigger and more convoluted. It’s fair to say that the ending is unusual as all becomes clear and the situation is resolved.

I’m not sure what to think of William Snow as, in many ways, he remains a cypher. Dogged, yes, psychic, yes, kind, yes, everything else, no. I liked the novel but, again, I’m not sure if I want to read the follow up.

Elaine Tomasso – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Quite enjoyed this book, and the writing style of MacArthur. Will be on the look out for more of his work. Particularly enjoyed how the psychic aspect was handled.

June Lorraine R. – Net Galley Reviews
Link to Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

When you sit down by the fire to read Leith C. MacArthur’s latest thriller, The Death of Harry Crow, you’d better hold on to your hat. The story charges right out of the gate with a deadly multi-car crash, a murder, the kidnapping of a teenage girl, and The Driver—a strange man in a truck with an equally strange cargo. The action comes at a blistering pace and it never lets up. 

By creating detailed visual settings, vivid characters, evocative dialogue, and a narrative that fuels an explosive plot, MacArthur not only pulled me into the story, he dragged me into the horror and never let go.


And The Driver scared the hell out of me!

If you like thrillers, The Death of Harry Crow is a must-read!

Enjoy!

A teacher of writing for more than four decades, Jack Galvin has published thirty-five articles in both regional and national magazines, and he co-wrote the award winning Within Reach, a harrowing account of Mt. Everest’s deadliest disaster. Jack continues to teach The Circle of Scholars program at Salve Regina University.

PURCHASE THE BOOK BELOW

THE DEATH OF HARRY CROW on Amazon
THE DEATH OF HARRY CROW at Silverwood Books
THE DEATH OF HARRY CROW on Barnes & Noble

The Finding Man

William Snow is a man obsessed. When he was a child, despite having been forewarned to the tragedy, he was unable to prevent the abduction and murder of his six-year-old sister, Sabrina. Today, under the most unlikely of circumstances, Snow meets Amber-Lee Alvarado, a six-year-old who bears an uncanny resemblance to Sabrina. When Snow discovers that Amber-Lee’s stepfather is not only a drug dealer but a pedophile, and that two hitmen have been contracted to kill the entire Alvarado family, he realizes he’s been given something he’s been seeking his whole life—the chance to prevent the murder of an innocent child, the chance to achieve redemption.

When the Alvarados suddenly disappear, Snow engages in a desperate life-or-death race against time as he tries to locate the missing family before the hitmen find them. Feeling as helpless as he did the day his sister’s body was found, William Snow realizes that if he fails again, not only will he have failed Amber-Lee, he’ll have lost any hope of saving himself.

KIRKUS REVIEW – An Artificial Life

An Artificial Life, Kirkus Reviews writes:

In novelist MacArthur’s first-person chronicle of drug dependence, he calls his addiction “Creep” and describes it as a “loping simian” that “lives in a cave at the back of my skull”. MacArthur’s narrative tone is earnest and urgent, rushing past years and events at a steady clip, encompassing both joy and grief. The author’s journey, expressed year by year, is long and grim, but it eventually makes room for the possibility of sunnier skies ahead. Despite its frenetic, unorthodox format, MacArthur’s memoir will appeal, especially to readers who’ve fought addiction themselves. The author’s dialogues with Creep are chilling.

An Artificial Life

An Artificial Life is the heartfelt account of a boy’s struggle to become a man. It begins in post-war, small town America—a near perfect place to grow up—and quickly spirals into drug abuse, violence, and a fight for physical, emotional, and spiritual survival.

This is more than a grinding tale of addiction, this is a story about mustering the courage to drop the armor of denial and expose the throat. It shows that love is not just a feeling that can be extinguished, it is a countermeasure that, when nurtured and cultivated through patience and forgiveness, emerges as the only viable cure for self-hatred. Ultimately transcending its own drama, An Artificial Life is about the evolution of love.

An Artificial Life, Kirkus Reviews writes:

In novelist MacArthur’s first-person chronicle of drug dependence, he calls his addiction “Creep” and describes it as a “loping simian” that “lives in a cave at the back of my skull”. MacArthur’s narrative tone is earnest and urgent, rushing past years and events at a steady clip, encompassing both joy and grief. The author’s journey, expressed year by year, is long and grim, but it eventually makes room for the possibility of sunnier skies ahead. Despite its frenetic, unorthodox format, MacArthur’s memoir will appeal, especially to readers who’ve fought addiction themselves. The author’s dialogues with Creep are chilling.

THE FOUR

Leith was featured in the October 2019 Edition of The Horrorzine Online Magazine

https://thehorrorzine.com/Poetry/Oct2019/LeithMacArthur/LeithMacArthur.html


And from the wreckage he arose
born a charred and twisting thing
Hatred flamed from melting eyes
‘tis whispered death, The Master brings

Behind him now, his smoldering dreams
fused within the earth
A shrieking fate he bears them
a thousand years from birth

His fortress stands upon a hill
Its madness locked within
Chambers stale and reeking
dungeons steeped in sin

The Keep is wrapped in darkness
Green tiles to form its skin
like serpent scales with crimson nails
driven deep within

A shaft of light splits through the night,
pulsing from inside
The Master waits in silence
while a carriage winds the drive

In somber hush the wagon comes
with regret it climbs the hill
A window shade draws slowly
his eye does watch it still

The coachman halts his carriage
a rain begins to pour
he whips his team to ready
and leaves alone The Four

The gothic tomb compels them
It draws them to its core
One by one they sense the tears
the years of death and gore

Outside the whistling wind has gone
frightened from the scene
An owl sits perched in quiet
soon to hear their screams

Quiet draws across the night
in beds, The Four feign sleep
for fear of being taken
of dying in The Keep

Number One has come in awe
a foolish, deathly deed
The Master strikes just once
and leaves him there to bleed

Two is here, he knows not why
perhaps to seek the power
and thus, he dies while searching
this early evening hour

Three does think his faith alone
will see him through the dread
While praying down on bended knee
The Master lops his head

Yet Number Four, he fakes his death
Clutching his healthy heart
he dies before The Master 
well done, Four’s acted part

In the bowels of the beast the furnace glows
a raging, molten fire
The Master does his dragging
four bodies to the mire

Out behind the fortress
the quagmire sucks them down
No trace they’d ever been there
No scream, no cry, no sound

Hissing at the muddy grave
The Master lurches ‘round
He’s heading back to fan the fire
His fate is therein bound

*****

A falling star streaks through the sky
it leaves a ghostly glow
A rumble shakes the mountain
out through the cracks it flows

It oozes ‘cross the dead brown lawns
does threaten bush and limb
The trees cry out in anguish
It’s him, Dear God, It’s HIM!

He walks the grounds, assures himself
his deeds have gone unseen
Retiring to his chamber
he thinks the slate’s wiped clean

Outside the moon now shows its glow
the owl has taken flight
cloud shadows slide by darkly
The house is shut, locked tight

Silence hangs a throttled breath
Quiet lies the fog
The Four still sinking deeper,
deeper in the bog.

Suddenly the silence breaks
The swamp begins to boil!
Bubbling waves of froth and foam
spew grit and filth and oil

A groping hand claws from the bog
a head and body burst!
Upon the ground Four tumbles
trembling from the lurch

Now here Four stands, as quivering steel
he knows what he must do
to end the endless murders
to run the bastard through

He stalks the sleeping mansion
then climbs its wretched walls
He enters through a window
and creeps the stinking halls

Into The Demon’s den Four steals
he crawls next to the bed
Gurgled breathing fills the room
and echoes in his head

He draws his sword, crosses his heart
he feels his courage fade
A moment’s hesitation . . .
then swiftly thrusts the blade!

A thousand times they hear the scream
the townsfolk down below
that Four will hear forever
for he has struck the blow

Countless times the young and pure
had been lost upon that hill
their bodies tossed to the quagmire
Deep and dead there still

Now it is, from this night on
the town shall rest with peace
A valiant heart in purest deed
has finally killed the beast

* *

But they say that on the clearest nights
from inside the mansion’s womb
they hear The Master wailing
clawing at his tomb

They say you can hear the strangest sounds
like hammers chipping bone . . .
as straps and harness loosen
The Master slips the stone


MUSIC

Leith Macarthur
Leith Macarthur with Planet Groove – Summer 2002
Leith Macarthur - Ibanez 5 String Bass
Leith Macarthur – Ibanez 5 String Bass

Leith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother was a gifted, classically trained pianist. Proficient with multiple instruments, his father was the director of music for both the Weston and Wayland school systems and was also the founder of the MacArthur Music store in Waltham, MA. 

At the age of six, Leith began experimenting with various instruments—trumpet, cornet, drums, piano—before settling on the trumpet. He played the horn until the age of twelve. Leith didn’t play another musical note until the age of 51, when his girlfriend, Patti, commented that he often hummed the bass lines to his favorite songs. Patti surprised Leith with a bass guitar for Christmas. During the following year, Leith taught himself to how to play the instrument and then set out to find a band. 

Leith and Ajay Coletta, a talented local drummer, collaborated to form the Latin-jazz-fusion band Planet Groove. Leith continued as co-leader and bass player for Planet Groove for eight years. During that time, the band produced a number of cd’s, two of which are available for listening below. 

Click through the wide variety of songs and enjoy!


2001 Planet Groove
“Joy Ride”

Larry Barron – Aaron Wade-
John Medeiros – Leith MacArthur – Ajay Coletta

1998 Planet Groove
“Forbidden City”

Chris Zarlenga – Jeff Goulart –
John Medeiros – Leith MacArthur – Ajay Coletta

How to Buy an Excellent Used Car: A Companion Guide for Women

As a single woman, the one thing I’ve feared worse than a trip to the dentist is a trip to the used car lot. Mr. MacArthur’s guidebook changed that. His positive reinforcements, his humorous anecdotes, and most importantly his simple point system, all combined to make me feel that I finally had the awareness and the power necessary to select and purchase a really good used car by myself. Writing in a way that is comfortable and casual — almost like we were talking over coffee — he made me feel like he was right there with me. After reading his book, when I went out looking at cars it was almost like having my big brother by my side. I’d looked all over the place for some kind of book that would help, but the few I did find were too complex and confusing. Then I came across this wonderful guide. Almost overnight I had confidently evaluated and purchased the right car for me. Any woman who has to go out there and buy a used car by herself really NEEDS to have this excellent little book.

Anonymous

The Man In The Moon

Due to his uncanny ability to locate missing children, William Snow is rightfully called “The Finding Man”.

Suffering from PTSD after his involvement in a particularly disturbing case, Snow and his girlfriend Paula are looking forward to a peaceful, healing vacation in remote Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia. The couple rent the old McKenzie place, a farmhouse that sits on a cliff overlooking the sea. After checking in to the “unoccupied” house, Snow has an unsettling vision of Billy, a six-year-old boy who lived in the house thirty years before. Snow soon learns that Billy survived the slaughter of his entire family, only to be buried alive in the back yard by the killer. 

The vacation turns out to be anything but healing as Snow feels compelled to research not only the decades-old McKenzie murders, but the truth behind the burying of Billy McKenzie by the killer locals call “The Man on the Moon”. As he uncovers new facts about the murders and the town’s bloody history, Snow is threatened by a family of ruthless men who rule over the town with intimidation and cruelty. 

William Snow quickly learns that even in places of natural beauty, evil can flourish beneath the idyllic promise of paradise.