The Fall Line

The Fall Line

by Mark Sullivan, Forrest Broadley
     
 

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Jack Farrell, a man addicted to the adrenaline rush of danger, has destroyed his career as an investment banker by laundering money for a powerful drug cartel. Now, on the run from the F.B.I. and the drug cartel, he flees to the Utah mountains. Armed with a new face and a new identity, he struggles to lose himself in the great outdoors--only to find himself on a…  See more details below

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Jack Farrell, a man addicted to the adrenaline rush of danger, has destroyed his career as an investment banker by laundering money for a powerful drug cartel. Now, on the run from the F.B.I. and the drug cartel, he flees to the Utah mountains. Armed with a new face and a new identity, he struggles to lose himself in the great outdoors--only to find himself on a collision course with his past. HC: Kensington.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jack Farrell is a man on the run in this first novel from an investigative journalist. A bank executive until he was enticed into laundering money for a South American drug operation, Farrell, having had plastic surgery and taken a new identity, has returned to the Utah ski area where he mastered the sport years earlier. But the same recklessness that led him into money laundering now prompts him to participate in a series of dangerous downhill performances for French filmmaker Inez Didier, who seems to thrive on watching others risk their lives. As the story of the ski tour into hell unfolds, Jack's past is revealed through two story threads. One details his memories of the tragic death of his only child, how he and his wife Lena drifted apart under the emotional strain of their loss and how he became part of the drug cartel. The other arises from Lena's diary, which Jack is reading for the first time, and offers a different perspective on events. What happened to Jack and Lena and why he is on the run are far more interesting than the various accounts of daredevil skiing exploits (including one in which the skiers are blindfolded). A final, dramatic run down the dangerous slopes of the Grand Tetons brings matters to a climax in this offbeat thriller, which could have benefited from tighter editing. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This first novel, a thriller involving international banking, drug dealing, money laundering, and world-class skiing, is an ambitious approach to the genre that somehow fails to reach the mark. Sullivan, an award-winning investigative reporter, aptly describes the Western mountain scenery and the emotions of "skiing on the edge." It is in the complex weaving of different timelines and his depictions of the various characters and their motivations, emotions, and interactions that the novel fails. The reader feels the rush of the wind, the sting of the ice pellets, and the joyous freedom and fear of racing down a dangerous slope. Aside from these high points, there is little of interest in the story itself or the characters. This novel might find a readership among skiers, but fans of suspense won't be impressed. Most libraries can pass on this one.-Erna Chamberlain, SUNY at Binghamton

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ISBN-13:
9781564310859
Publisher:
Americana Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.27(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.64(d)

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