Target of Opportunity

Target of Opportunity

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by Max Byrd
     
 

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Bestselling author Max Byrd delivers a brilliant, revenge-filled tale of a WWII Police Inspector, who trails his vengeful sister-in-law after her husband’s death.

Target of Opportunity opens in the midst of World War II as San Francisco Police Inspector Gilman and his brother-in-law, former Washington attorney Donald Kerwin, stop into a 7-Eleven—…  See more details below

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Bestselling author Max Byrd delivers a brilliant, revenge-filled tale of a WWII Police Inspector, who trails his vengeful sister-in-law after her husband’s death.

Target of Opportunity opens in the midst of World War II as San Francisco Police Inspector Gilman and his brother-in-law, former Washington attorney Donald Kerwin, stop into a 7-Eleven—and are met with a torrent of bullets. A gunman at the register kills Kerwin and wounds Gilman, and an illegal police search follows, leading to a dismissal of charges against the suspect. Gilman’s sister-in-law Nina is not only heavily distraught over her husband’s death but violently outraged at the illegal search. When she learns that the killer is returning to Boston, she trails him, out for revenge, and Gilman follows to stop her. Masterfully weaving history, plot, and emotion, Target of Opportunity is an unforgettable achievement.

“Max Byrd’s plots, like his wit, are sinister and charming.” —Diane Johnson, bestselling author of The Shadow Knows

“ Max Byrd is an expert at mingling real historical figures with his invented characters.” —The New York Times

“Lock Byrd’s cage and throw away the key—until he slips out a few more thrillers.” — The Philadelphia Enquirer

“Max Byrd is a fine and forceful writer.” —Lawrence Block, bestselling author of Eight Million Ways to Die

“Max Byrd is in the first division of American crime writing.” —The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015294170
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company KY
Publication date:
09/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,300,610
File size:
730 KB

Meet the Author

Max Byrd is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including four bestselling historical novels and California Thriller, for which he received the Shamus Award. He was
educated at Harvard and King’s College Cambridge, England, and has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the University of California. Byrd is a Contributing Editor of The Wilson Quarterly and writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review. He lives in California.

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SheilaDeeth 5 months ago
Target of Opportunity is a great example of a cross-genre novel that does it right. Blending a 1980s search for a murderer with events from WWII, the author creates something so much more than a regular police procedural, whodunit, or historical novel... because history’s repercussions drip through the most unexpected channels. The first part of the novel introduces characters and crime in the 1980s, with a family wounded by recent events, its members struggling to repair broken hearts and broken bodies. Listening is hard against a background of inopportune noises. And seeking is hard against a background of obstruction and malice. But the reader is suddenly thrown into the past, following a new American as he comes of age in a time of death and war. Part three begins, perfectly timed, just as the reader begins to wonder what the stories might have in common. And soon, so soon, reader and protagonist are racing through theories, spotting connections, and pondering the implications of it all. The reader gets there just before the protagonist, as in all the best-crafted mysteries. The clues fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. The history slots into place. And the modern world is not so different from the past. Gilman is a convincingly real protagonist, neither too good nor too bad, in life or at his job, neither too clever or too foolish, and just enough wounded, physically and mentally, to inspire sympathy. Fathers, sons and role-models provide an amply absorbing, anchoring theme. And France in a time of occupation is beautifully drawn, through scenery and character, just as real as America’s cities and seas. The history is well-researched too, presenting an accurate snapshot of two eras, united by the common sins of man. A target can be chosen for several different reasons. The reason for the title is clear by story’s end, as the random violence of the first dark scene, comes full circle and truth is revealed. Target of Opportunity is a wonderfully literary, fast-moving, exciting, absorbing and intriguing novel and a really great read. Disclosure: I won a free copy and was thoroughly hooked as soon as I started to read.