The Lynchpin

The Lynchpin

by Jeffrey B. Burton

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ISBN-13: 9781849822510
Publisher: MP Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

About the Author: The stories of Jeffrey B. Burton have appeared in dozens of genre magazines (mystery, horror, sci-fi, literary). A collection of his short stories, Shadow Play, was published in 2005, and a mystery novel, Sleuth Slayer, in 2008. Jeff’s stories “The Mourning” and “Letters of Transit” were miniStory winners in the MNLit contest in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Jeff is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

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The Lynchpin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite There's no genre I love more than mysteries. And there's almost nothing more exciting to me as a reader than finding an author I haven't discovered before that has written a book I absolutely love. Well, in The Lynchpin by author Jeffrey B. Burton, I've found both. Follow the story of Special Agent Drew Cady, after he's left both Washington D.C. and the FBI's criminal division, and re-settled in Minnesota, where he's helping his fiancee run a resort and working for the FBI's Medicare fraud task force. Cady is enjoying his new life and allowing himself to heal, both mentally and physically, from the scars of his previous position. But when a young woman's body surfaces on Lake Superior with a highly disturbing issue, and his former boss and mentor from the criminal division is accused of killing a fellow agent and becoming a spy, Cady is thrown back into his former investigative role, like it or not. I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. And this is coming from a person who reads a lot of mysteries. The Lynchpin is an exciting, inventive and highly realistic read that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. I simply could not put this book down once I started it, it was just that good. Author Jeffrey B. Burton has a gift at drawing characters and situations so beautifully that the reader will feel as if they are right there in the moment, experiencing everything first hand. And I can truly say that I did not anticipate the ending, a highly unusual occurrence for me. Any reader who enjoys mysteries, investigative procedurals, action, suspense, or simply a great read would love this book. This is the first book that I've read by Jeffrey B. Burton, but I can assure you, it will not be the last. This book was fantastic, and I simply cannot recommend it any more highly.
Midwesterner More than 1 year ago
A page-turner that pulls you into the agent's dangerous world. I especially enjoyed the surreal contrast of the crimes and the calm, natural, Minnesota settings, alternating with Washington, D.C. And appreciated that the clues Agent Cady uses to find the murderers and spies are (in hindsight) available to the careful reader.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
The world of special investigations often assumes the trappings of a chess game, with precise moves often forecast far in advance by either perpetrator or agent. As the men move across the board, underlying strategy unfolds cautiously, slowly, and often unpredictably; and it's the superior game that seems to lead in one inevitable direction, then twists to provide quite a different perspective. Special Agent Drew Cady has had it with a job that has him confronting violent felons on a regular basis: he's in recovery physically and emotionally, and the last thing he needs is another challenging case. That's why he's helping his fiancée run a resort while working part-time on an FBI fraud investigation case: far easier pursuits than hunting down felons. All this is (of course - predictably) about to change when the body of a young woman presents a new mystery, when a faithful colleague stands accused of being a spy, and when Drew finds himself unwittingly and reluctantly being drawn back into the world of high-stakes crime and serial killers. But that's not all of the story, though it is the crux of matters: Drew's back in touch with a sadistic killer and a master manipulator used to playing the board, and it seems that only Drew's efforts can make a difference between success and failure in an investigation packed with surprising facets. The Lynchpin demonstrates just how exact this process is, creating characters who struggle with games, silence, and what turns out to be the "world's shortest retirement" on Cady's part when a master manipulator pulls the strings and changes his life. Who is in control? Who is really playing the game? What is behind the murders, and how does a puzzle book come into play? Head-scratching moments, a dose of political intrigue and departmental conflict, and a world in which the true lynchpin may not be the character sporting the name make The Lynchpin a chess game of high order, and perfect for genre readers who want much more than either standard thrillers or murder mysteries tend to offer.