Cries of the Lost

Cries of the Lost

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by Chris Knopf
     
 

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Knopf's entertaining follow-up to Dead Anyway finds market researcher Arthur Cathcart still searching for clues to the actions of his murdered wife, and the secrets that died with her. Knopf has fun with the cat-and-mouse games, both cerebral and physical, as Cathcart strives to stay a step ahead of his mysterious pursuers.

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Knopf's entertaining follow-up to Dead Anyway finds market researcher Arthur Cathcart still searching for clues to the actions of his murdered wife, and the secrets that died with her. Knopf has fun with the cat-and-mouse games, both cerebral and physical, as Cathcart strives to stay a step ahead of his mysterious pursuers.

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Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Knopf’s entertaining if somewhat repetitive follow-up to 2012’s Dead Anyway finds market researcher Arthur Cathcart still searching for clues to the actions of his murdered wife, Florencia Etxarte, and the secrets that died with her. In the first book, Cathcart barely survived the attack that killed Florencia and persuaded his doctor sister to declare him dead so he can operate with anonymity. Aided by girlfriend Natsumi Fitzgerald, Cathcart retrieves the contents of Florencia’s safe deposit box in the Caymans, only to be attacked when they leave the bank. That’s the start of an increasingly complex and dangerous journey that takes the pair across Europe and the U.S., where they continuously alter their disguises and use an endless series of electronic devices. Knopf has fun with the cat-and-mouse games, both cerebral and physical, as Cathcart strives to stay a step ahead of their mysterious pursuers, who are all linked to Florencia’s Basque heritage. (Nov.)
Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
Arthur Cathcart can't let go of an unanswered question, and his late wife Florencia's secret past had opened a veritable Pandora's box of them. In a nutshell, Florencia was killed because of her illegal accounting activities; Arthur had been left for dead but awoke from his coma much later. He has chosen to live underground, seeking answers and revenge. Along the way he teamed with adventurous Natsumi Fitzgerald, and this time out, the duo are abroad, following Florencia's offshore bank accounts. One safe deposit box contains an encoded flash drive. After breaking the code, the two begin hopscotching across Europe, barely staying ahead of assorted angry men and the FBI. Florencia's Basque heritage plays a key role as to why some folks want to nab Arthur, but money motivates others. Once again, Arthur needs to assemble a team of defenders to help him reach a point of negotiation. VERDICT The Nero Award-winning Knopf's sequel to the must-read Dead Anyway is a storytelling gem of a caper. The author is particularly talented at filling in a complicated backstory, balancing light humor with violence and maintaining a blistering pace. Perfect for Timothy Hallinan "Junior Bender" series fans.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-23
Back from the dead after a hit man executed him and his wife (Dead Anyway, 2012), market researcher Arthur Cathcart continues to probe the mystery of her death. And not just probe, but shake, rattle and roll. Florencia Etxarte may be dead, but her insurance agency lives on, along with the several million dollars she embezzled from it before she and Arthur were shot, her fatally, him not quite. Swimming in ill-gotten gains and enjoying his new romance with blackjack dealer Natsumi Fitzgerald, Arthur still can't rest till he finds out "why she did the things that got her killed." A trip to Florencia's safety deposit box at a Cayman Islands bank discloses a stubbornly undecodable thumb drive but also brings Arthur and Natsumi to the attention of some very dangerous people. In fact, they seem to be objects of interest to two different Basque strongmen, Rodrigo Mariñelarena and Joselito Gorrotxategi, and the FBI, all of whom have very different agendas. Arthur and Natsumi's hunt for the reasons Florencia got involved with such heavy hitters would be seriously anticlimactic if it weren't at the same time a scenic tour of possible places to hide from the crossfire. The hero and heroine fight off the advances of a pair of London swingers, rent a series of apartments and villas in Spottsworthy Mews, Lake Como, and sunny Spain, worm their way beneath their enemies' defenses and ultimately turn them against each other. The nearest fictional analogues are popcorn movies like Mission: Impossible and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. A high-spirited but ultimately exhausting romp with more exotic locations than the last three James Bond films.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579624552
Publisher:
The Permanent Press
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Cries of the Lost 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This novel is a sequel to “Dead Anyway,” published by The Permanent Press in September of 2012, which I absolutely loved. The author has written ten previous mysteries, including two other series and one standalone. Despite my initial hesitation, I thought I’d repeat some of the content of the opening paragraph of my review of that first book in this new series to catch people up on the background. The protagonist is 43-year-old Arthur Cathcart [although he seldom uses that name after the events that kick off the first book]. And “kick” is an appropriate word here, inasmuch as its first chapter describes a scene wherein Arthur [self-described as a “math geek and social misfit”] and his “breathtakingly beautiful and successful” Chilean wife, Florencia, are held at gunpoint in their home in Stamford, Connecticut, by a man they have never seen before, who shortly shoots them both in the head. Florencia is killed instantly; Arthur is grievously wounded and left for dead. After falling in and out of a coma for months, he is almost literally brought back from the dead, and makes a decision not to let the world in on that fact, convincing his physician sister, who has been caring for him, to fake his death. The earlier book ended with Arthur deciding to use the skills of his profession - - he holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics, doing freelance market research (a field in which “we take a complete lack of results as a sign of encouragement” - - to find out who brutally murdered his adored wife and left him for dead. Things immediately become more complicated when Cathcart discovers that his wife had a secret bank account in the Cayman Islands, and manages to move most of the millions therein contained, but accessing the safe deposit box requires that he and his significant other, beautiful and brilliant Natsumi Fitzgerald (a former blackjack dealer, “a small, slim person, barely a hundred pounds soaking wet)), to travel to the bank, from which they successfully retrieve the contents, leading only to more questions and more international travel: from the southern coast of France to London, Madrid, Italy, Switzerland, and ultimately Manhattan and Connecticut. As their search continues, Cathcart increasingly realizes just how little he knew Florencia. Natsumi queries: “Was there ever a more curious person?” Which elicits the response: “Or paranoid?” Both necessary attributes, and there is much proof of both in these pages. Cathcart makes the observation: “It was rarely a failure of knowledge, but rather imagination. It was an affliction of the age - - too much information, not enough wisdom to make sense of it.” But he has the skills, and the imagination. Both Cathcart and Natsumi are equally proficient at disguises and subterfuge, despite which they find themselves “a pair of fugitives from forces known and unknown.” The title derives from this line in the book: “In the face of so much darkness, what else can a person do but bear witness, and pray he can sleep through all the cries of the lost?” Not wanting to give away any spoilers, suffice it to say that the book delivers on the promise of “Dead Anyway,” and this novel is highly recommended.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Combining the authentic science and gadgetry of a Tom Clancy novel, the global danger and excitement of James Bond, and the flawed protagonists and convincing relationships of LeHane’s Kenzie and Genarro, Chris Knopf’s Cries of the Lost is a thoroughly engaging stand-alone mystery, and the second in a great new series. The author peoples his world with a wealth of deftly created characters, imbuing each with enough individuality that, even without having read the first book, readers will quickly recognize who’s who. But the center of this whirlwind is a character without identity, or at least, one deeply engaged in recreating himself. Arthur Cathcart lost his code-breaking skills when he was left for dead. He lost his identity by having himself declared dead. And he lost his wife, Florencia, to a murderer in Dead Anyway. Now he’s learning who Florencia really was, chasing secrets in her past, while creating a new future for himself with the beautiful, and loyal, Natsumi. History, geography and well-researched culture add authenticity and tragic conviction to this novel of intrigue and suspense. The smaller world of tribal and family loyalties plays out its dramas of revenge against a backdrop of big brother snooping and modern-day terrorism. Meanwhile two individuals seek truth, even when truth threatens to kill them. Lost in death, lost in the past, lost in the grip of ancient enmities, or lost to misfortune and cruel chance; there are many cries and many lost in this novel. But over and above them all is the call to individual loyalty and love. Cathcart may allow the mystery to drag him down and deep into danger, but he’s never truly lost as long as he knows love and loyalty. Disclosure: I was given a free preview edition of this novel by the publisher and I offer my honest review.
MomcatKL More than 1 year ago
This book is a sequel to Dead Anyway. If you enjoyed the first book you will love this one as well. I could not put the book down after I started reading it. It continues the story of Arthur and Natsumi. In the first book Arthur finds out who killed his wife, Florencia, and why. Spoiler Alert! If you have not read the first book do not read the rest of this. This book focuses on who Florencia really was and why was she had she set up such an elaborate fraud and embezzlement scheme. Arthur and Natsumi follow clues left in a safe deposit box in the Grand Caymans all over the world. Their lives are in constant danger as they are chased two groups involved in international terrorism. Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.