The Bricklayer: A Novel

The Bricklayer: A Novel

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by Noah Boyd

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“Terrific pace, surprises galore….Move over Jack Reacher, here comes The Bricklayer.”
 —James Patterson


There is a brand new master on the thriller scene. Noah Boyd makes a truly spectacular entrance with The Bricklayer—the first in an explosive new series featuring former FBI agent Steve


“Terrific pace, surprises galore….Move over Jack Reacher, here comes The Bricklayer.”
 —James Patterson


There is a brand new master on the thriller scene. Noah Boyd makes a truly spectacular entrance with The Bricklayer—the first in an explosive new series featuring former FBI agent Steve Vail that recalls the #1 bestsellers of John Sandford and Lee Child. An ex-FBI agent himself, Boyd adds gritty insider knowledge and color to this stunning novel, and the word on the street is The Bricklayer is fabulous. Kay Scarpetta’s creator, New York Times bestseller Patricia Cornwell, calls it, “Dazzling,” while Lee Child himself raves, “Non-stop action and non-stop authenticity make this a real winner.”

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Noah Boyd is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bricklayer and a former FBI agent who spent more than twenty years working some of the Bureau's toughest investigations, including the Green River Killer case and the Highland Park Strangler case (which he's credited with solving). He currently works on cold cases when he's not writing. He lives in New England.

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Bricklayer 4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 171 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Didn't get much sleep the other night because after reading the first pages of THE BRICKLAYER, I simply couldn't put it down. A former FBI agent who writes under the pseudonym Noah Boyd has crafted an intriguing suspense filled tale that ricochets from stunner to stunner and introduces an enigmatic yet affecting new hero, Steve Vail. Vail is a former FBI agent who left the Bureau because he didn't care to take orders and was let go for insubordination. No one would have argued that he was one of their best but he simply did not fit the expected mold. Vail has gone to Chicago where he makes a modest living as a bricklayer and sculpts in his spare time. While Vail lays bricks the FBI is feeling heat - an attractive woman reporter who had "done the expose of the FBI and the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles" steps out of her shower and is shot dead. The killer places a blue piece of paper on her chest on which is written "Rubaco Pentad." Her death is followed by the murder of an FBI agent who has gone to deliver a million dollars in order to stop further killings. Who or what is behind the increasing demands for money and the killing of prominent citizens? The FBI is stumped until Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon remembers Vail, and convinces her superiors that he may be the one, the only one who can help them. She goes to Vail's Chicago apartment and convinces him to come back for just one more case. Upon his return he has to put up with ambitious Bureau chiefs who aren't too happy to see him but more importantly he has to deal with the sinister Rubaco Pentad who have just demanded three million dollars and they want Vail to make the drop. What follows is a series of heart stopping scenes in which Vail pits himself against a group who seem less interested in money than in killing him. Ingeniously laid traps make it clear that a mastermind is behind the Pentad, a mastermind who knows a great deal about how the FBI works and is out to disgrace the Bureau. Noah Boyd spent 20 years with the FBI but went head to head with his superiors when he wrote a book "unflattering to the FBI." That wasn't all - he next wrote a magazine article detrimental to his boss. Sound familiar? That may well be one of the reasons why THE BRICKLAYER is so effective - Boyd writes of what he knows and does so with authenticity. - Gail Cooke
Lucie More than 1 year ago
I read a great deal but have never before been motivated to do a review. It is a first novel on a par with Grisham's "A Time To Kill". Noah Boyd obviously has authentic knowledge of the FBI's inner workings and presents a compelling story that feels real, is easy to read, hard to put down and leaves one anxiously waiting for his next book.
Besen More than 1 year ago
This is a serviceable clone of Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series. I enjoyed it enough to read the second in the series (which might have been a bit better.) The plot is a bit formulaic, and the hero is a little too competent to be believable (just like Reacher) but that's what I'm looking for in a book like this. It was fun to read and kept me guessing how it would turn out without any obvious red herrings or give-aways. If you like this, definitely read the second in the series.
RNichols More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Loved it! Give this one a chance, you will not be disappointed. A great first novel with a main character I am sure we will see in many books to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has all the key elements of a Jack Reacher novel but with more real life symitry. Couln't stop reading it. Jack is still in my life, but Steve is a close secomd. With all the room for errors on the FBI side. Let's hope Noah Boyd can write quickly.
Suzzie1 More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY CAPTIVATING I was up til 2AM finishing this book, I just couldn't put it down. I simply loved the charactor he created, Steve Vail. What was there not to like . Brillant, marvelous sense of humor and he had you til the last page of this wonderful book. The story had me guessing at every turn of the page and an ending i truely had not anticipated. I am looking forward to reading another by this aurthor. I hope we have not seen the last of Steve Vail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story I couldn't put it down--good paced action!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Noah Boyd has written a page-turner. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. My husband and I both enjoyed the book. I have recommended it to friends and purchased copies for gifts.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I won an advanced copy of this book in a giveaway, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. This type of book isn't what I usually read, so while it certainly wasn't a bad book, I didn't find it particularly enjoyable. It took me a while to understand some of the jargon, and I found it difficult to follow some of the action. There was plenty of action, suspense, and red herrings to keep me entertained. The ending did suprise me. Not my kind of book. I don't think I'll read the rest of the series, but I recommend it to fans of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bricklayer is a fun read, with smart dialogue and an fast paced plot. I want to read more from this author as soon as I can.
Razorback1 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable easy read. I saw the author, Noah Boyd, on Don Imus' morning show. His personal story is intriguing (FBI) and the foundation for the book. The main character in the book is interesting and likable. Definitely a recommendable read and hope Mr. Boyd will consider authoring another book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Way to go! I do have one complaint - i stayed uo until 4 am reading it - couldn't put it down. And can you believe it - clean. I'll be looking forward to more by this person.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Plenty of enjoyable reading here. Not overly violent or too sexy-Nice balance.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great read
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book and will say Noah Boyd has made the very short list of my favorite authors! The characters were well defined, dialogue crisp and entertaining, and the plot wel developed and interesting, with plenty of twists and surprises. I will buy more of this author immediately! Thank you, Noah Boyd, for a wonderful book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great read.
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