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Posted January 10, 2013
Multiple storylines add a sense of verisimilitude to Russell B
Multiple storylines add a sense of verisimilitude to Russell Blake’s story of a dogged FBI agent, her troubling daughter, and a mysterious murderer killing top financiers. A touch of romance is added when Silver brings in a good-looking financial analyst to look for patterns in the crimes. And lots of touches of gentle wisdom arise from Silver’s relationships with others.
Of course, all the murders are connected. And, of course, once a good plan of action is made, the powers that be won’t want to implement it. (Actually, I had an entirely different idea of what the connection might be and was frustrated that no one mentioned it, but that’s just me.) Silver and her new colleague’s idea just might pan out, but danger strikes a little too close to home and things go awry.
The threads of various sub-plots tie together in the end offering a pleasing sense of completion. And the insights into the world of finance, while rather long and detailed, are certainly fascinating. Best is the dialog, well-timed and building into pleasing relationships. Silver, divorced single mom juggling money troubles, kid troubles, ex-husband troubles and a high-profile job, makes a well-drawn strong protagonist. Her rebellious daughter’s pleasingly real. Her colleagues offer a convincing blend of helpful and annoying. And the tie-in to recent events and financial disasters lends a pleasing, and somewhat concerning immediacy to the tale.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel as a gift from the author.
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Posted February 9, 2014
Not a fan of Silver. That said the story has you hoping the serial killer will not be caught. Russell shows in this novel how the financial melt down occured in 2008. He makes some comparisons to the crash of 29 and the depression. People need to wake up, but we will not. And Silver will continue her life with her job, her new love, and the kid she has no time for, but loves terribly. And no one will go to jail for financial crimes. Good book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.