The Guise of Another

The Guise of Another

by Allen Eskens


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The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens

Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. He’s been reassigned to the Frauds Unit, where he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his status-seeking wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Alexander sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation.

But the case explodes into far more than he could have expected, putting him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, a veteran of the Balkan wars who has been searching for “James Putnam” for years. As his life spins out of control, Alexander’s last hope may be his older brother, Max, a fellow police detective who steps in to try to save his brother from the carnage his investigation has let loose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633880764
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 54,082
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today–bestselling author of The Life We BuryThe Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota, where he is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.

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The Guise of Another 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! A big time thriller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, hungry family, great book take out dinner, great book, family misses me. Need I say more? Buy it,read it love it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a ride! This book has it all, intrigue, excitement, romance, it's riveting! Loved it, couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this wonderfully written book. I also highly recommend the authors debut novel, The Life We Bury, another fantastic book that cannot be put down. I anxiously await another book by this very talented writer. Don't hesitate to read both books, Bravo Allen Eskens, I know you will write another winner, please, soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Life We Bury first. It was so good that I decided to give this one a try. It lived up to my every expectation: mystery, romance, and many twists and turns made this book one that I couldn’t put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. The book had excellent twists and turns. It kept my interest all the way to the end of the book. The novel included - adultery, murder, betrayal, thief, good and bad guys, brothers, good cops, bad cops, identity thief, lies, murder, and more. Well worth my time and money. The book deserves an A+++++++
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Nothing is more embarrassing than being an excellent detective respected by your peers in Minnesota and now shunned. Alexander Rupert hears kind words from his former peers but the conversation is always laced with the shadow of his awaiting a corruption hearing. Now he’s working in the Fraud Division and at least he now has a case to sink his teeth into, one to distract him from the tension regarding the charges against him and wondering what his future holds – or doesn’t hold. Even worse is the fact that his wife treats him like a stranger now, cold and avoiding him on a daily basis. Is she fooling around with another man? Rupert fears the worst which makes him even more forlorn. What ever happened to unconditional love and support? At first he spends his days replaying the past, both about the job and his wife. But now he’s got a chance to prove himself and he proceeds, as he always does, with everything he has in his powers and skills. This then is the story of searching for who stole the identity of James Proctor and then wound up dead. To say more would be to spoil one tension-riddled story that involves a hit man who seems to have killing in his genetic makeup. It will be Rupert’s brother who is truly there for the search and then the grand finale of this mystery! Criminal fiction is often predictable and stereotypical – not so here. Allen Eskens knows exactly when to lay on the mystery and when to insert scenes of careful thought and planning. Well done, Allen Eskins – great read for those who love mysteries, adventure and crime stories with a punch!
Twink More than 1 year ago
The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens is the follow up to his award winning debut novel The Life We Bury. And he's crafted another great read! There's a clever tie in connecting the two books. Detective Max Rupert was the homicide cop in The Life We Bury. But it is his younger brother Alexander who takes the lead role in The Guise of Another. Alexander is also a cop, but one demoted down to the Fraud Squad, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. A possible identity theft case that crosses his desk is much more involved than it appears on first glance. "That night, James Erkel Putnam - a man who walked in daylight, but lived in shadows, a man who thought he had all the time in the world to seek forgiveness for his many sins - never stood a chance." Alexander dives in, determined to salvage his reputation and his job by solving the case. And this reader also dived in and didn't look up 'til the wee hours of the morning! I desperately wanted to know who this man was and why he was living under another name. What did he do? Eskens' first book was lighter in tone with innocent protagonists. This time, it's darker, with a decidedly noir feel to the story that I quite enjoyed. Is Alexander truly the innocent he proclaims? His self destructive behavior leaves the reader wondering. I was kept on my toes the entire tale, not sure where Eskens was going to take his story. Throw in a nasty hitman, something quite valuable that everyone wants to get their hands on, more than one duplicitous woman and the plot thickens. But amongst all that, Eskens explores the relationships between the two brothers, between Alex and his wife and a few others. The title is quite apt, applying to the dead man, but also to almost every other character, most who seem to be hiding something. Even 'good' brother Max Rupert, who is hands down my favourite character. I'd love to see him in another book, even in a peripheral role. Another excellent page turner from Eskens. I highly recommend his books. Eskens is firmly on my must read list - I'll be eagerly awaiting his third novel.