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.
Author: Brian Bianco
A debut novel with a very strong plot
and interesting characters. A good read with lots of action
throughout the entire book.
Miles Fischer, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune is assigned to cover a trial in a small town. The defendants were accused of perpetrating a horrendous crime of rape and murder of two teenage girls. They were career criminals who had been in jail most of their lives. One, an orphan with no family, and the other the son of a very wealthy man who ignored his son. The trial had gone on for three weeks and finally was given to the jury, who deliberated four days. Their lawyers were provided by the wealthy father and the men were found not guilty due to a lack of evidence. The townspeople were up in arms but were powerless to do anything about it. Very soon after, the two men were drinking in a local bar and harrassing the help. As they were leaving the bar they were both killed by the arrows from a crossbow and left lying in the muddy parking lot. Later, Miles becomes suspicious when he researches murders by crossbow and discovers two more cases resembling this one. He believes that this is not a coincidence and thinks that he has met the crossbow killer in an unrelated incident involving an interview he is sent on in Seattle. The FBI zeroes in on Miles and comes to him for help which Miles refuses to give, wanting to keep the BIG story and all the glory included for himself. He goes to Seattle to try and intimidate people into telling him what he wants to know and runs afoul of the FBI and a former policeman turned private investigator to get the information he seeks. What he is not aware of is that there are many things that he doesn't know and is in for a few big surprises before this game is over.
As I said before, the plot of this book is extremely well planned out. The main character, Miles Fischer, is not a very likeable guy (this is only my opinion). He is brash and intrusive and can turn you away from him in an instant. His personal life is in a shambles and he is becoming interested in a co-worker when his wife is in the hospital having their first child. There are a handful of newspaper reporters and editors who are forever throwing the first amendment in everyone's face, some FBI agents who could help out if only they could have done their work without chasing this reporter forever and an ex cop who is hired by the wealthy father to find out who killed his son.
The way that this book is plotted, everyone has their job to do and does it well. The ending is superb and will not happen until the very last pages. (That, to me, really sells it.) If the author wanted his main character to act like a reporter and give everyone a hard time being a pushy, nosy all around meddlesome jerk, it really worked!!! I really enjoyed reading this book and I have to say that the presentation of the book is beautiful, the promotional items are great and I wish the author much luck with it. I highly recommend this book to all thriller/mystery readers.
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