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A carefully calculated mystery of unusual proportions and subjec
A carefully calculated mystery of unusual proportions and subject. Intensely engaging, and rich with sleight-of-hand misdirection, the novel is highly satisfying. None of that is surprising given the wide-ranging experience and talents of this author. His previous novels provide ample evidence of his abilities fashioning strong enjoyable crime fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rusty Mullins is at the heart of this tale. He’s a former member of the US Secret Service, now working in D.C. for a private personal protection agency. When his assignment, a highly placed member of the board of the US Federal Reserve dies suddenly, Mullins is convinced it was not the suicide it appears and with almost no evidence on his side, takes a vacation to try to prove murder.
Mullins calls on several personal “assets” he has developed during his Secret Service tenure, including Amanda Church, now working in security for the Fed. Surprisingly, what begins to turn up are indications that Mullins himself may be involved in a vast, multi-national conspiracy against the United States and its banking structure.
A novel about banking and movement of large sums of money around the world may seem uninteresting and impenetrable, but the author does an excellent job of bringing personal danger and high emotion to the table. The novel recalls the excellent Emma Lathem series from the previous century that featured banker John Putnam Thatcher. Mullins is not a banker and is younger than Thatcher but numerous parallels exist. An amusing dimension the author has added is Amanda Church’s husband, a thriller writer who offers intriguing insights into the roles sometimes played by minor characters in these crime novels.
The thirteenth Target is an excellent and enjoyable crime novel with an exciting logical conclusion, and another winner from Poisoned Pen Press.