Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
This book has a
little of everything. But, mostly action and a lot of plot
twists that will make you pay attention trying to keep up with the
various characters and what they mean to the story. Best of
all, the author has a sense of humor. Example: in the first few
lines of Chapter One when Mark is on his way home and is hampered by
a girl in another car who is on a cell phone and does not notice
him. Mark states that "It's like being transformed to a
15-mile-long mobile phone booth." I can sympathize with
that as I have had many a cell phone addict aim at me on the
The main character, Mark Crizianek has a dead end job as a cashier/clerk in a local supermarket. Mark is a regular guy whose wife does not appreciate him except on pay day. She has demanded a house in a fancy neighborhood and a watch dog as Mark sometimes works late. Instead of getting a good watch dog from a shelter, Mark's wife decided to buy a "neurotic", as Mark calls her, Golden Retriever who is no great shakes as a protector. She really needs protection herself. Mark is not happy with his work and has to go home to his money-grabbing wife and her crazy dog. His only friend is another employee, Crystal. A high school friend of Marks shows up one night and is boasting about a job he has with an online movie service. Mark is extremely resentful until he finds out that Trevor's job is really run by a very cruel Mafia family called the Cappellas. These folks get even with people who wrong them buy sending them DVDs that explode. I have to say that that is very original. One day Crystal asks if Mark would mourn her if she died. A very odd question to say the least. But, sadly, soon after she made that statement she was dead along with the store supervisor. And, of course, Mark is the number one suspect. This poor guy cannot get a break and is sentenced to 75 years. On his way to prison the Cappellas hijack the prison bus and Mark gets away. But, Mark is definitely not free. His old friend has set him up to be a mob hitman using exploding DVDs instead of a gun. Mark is now wanted by the police and the mafia and has to go along with both sides to avoid getting killed himself.
As I said before there is so much action in this book that it is sometimes difficult to figure out who's who. But, if you pay close attention to what you are reading things make sense. Mark's one purpose in all of this is to find out who killed Crystal. This is a very fast paced book and I highly recommend it to mystery/thriller/mob fans. My advice: If you can read it in one sitting you will enjoy it more. Also, football fans will love it. I enjoyed the book and really appreciated the ending.