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A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.
For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.
Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.
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Mystery, suspense, page-turning thriller, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down. The plot and the characters were well developed. I thought that Gibson Vaughn was realistic and a hero. He has had an up and down past that makes him likeable and I found myself rooting for him. I highly recommend this book and author. I won a copy of Matthew FitzSimmons' Gibson Vaughn #3 on Goodreads and I wanted to read the beginning of the series and I was not disappointed. I am looking forward to reading #2 and then #3!!!!
“The Short Drop” pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. Normally I like books with a bit more action but this story kept me interesting and wondering what would happen next. It’s well written and well plotted out making it compelling read. The characters are interesting, complex and engaging. The only thing that kept this from being a full 5 start story is that it’s a bit predictable, not in the traditional sense but if you’re paying attention (and a little skeptical when it comes to politicians) you can see where it’s going. I hope we see some more in this series!
This is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time! I loved it! It was really well written, thank goodness :-) There are plenty of books that can have great story lines but the writing in this book was superb. The details of the characters and thoughts were vivid and well thought out. There are many characters and they all stand out in their own way. The thrill and suspense was immediately captivating. It was hard to put the book down! The twists and turns in the story came out of no where, there wasn't a point in time where I knew exactly what was going to happen next, it was always a surprise. I would highly recommend this story to anyone that wants to read a suspenseful mystery thriller, you won't be disappointed!
THE SHORT DROP is the first installment in first time author Matthew Fitzsimmons’ GIBSON VAUGHN crime thriller. Told from several third person points of view THE SHORT DROP follows hacker and former marine Gibson Vaughn as he is tasked to uncover the identity of an internet hacker known as WR8TH , a person who claims to know something about the ten year old mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gibson’s best friend Suzanne Lombard-a then fifteen year old girl who got caught up in her father’s bid for political office. What ensues is a story of suspense, mystery, secrets and lies that focus on the missing young woman, and the people who are desperately trying to keep hidden the truth about what happened years before. First time author Matthew Fitzsimmons introductory novel is a magnificent work of literary fiction; a thriller that will keep you guessing as to the real nature of Suzanne’s tragic life; and the people who will do anything to hide what goes on behind closed doors and backroom meetings. The tension is palpable; the corruption runs deep; the conspiracies are varied and not far from the truth. The political players a world of the powerful elite may have met their match when Gibson Vaughn goes in search of the truth-a truth he may not want to hear. Congratulations Matthew Fitzsimmons- I have no doubt you will go far with your chosen career. THE SHORT DROP is a phenomenal debut; a brilliant story line; with gripping characters, and intoxicating twists and turns.