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Published by Head of Zeus,
24 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78408-129-4
Rik Hoffman has lost his job as an investigative
journalist, lost his fiancée and having no money has moved back into his
father's old and dilapidated house.
With the help of the builder next door he starts a few
renovations. When they break through the back wall of
a built in closet Rik finds millions of dollars hidden
beneath a tarpaulin. The builder catches a glimpse of the money but does not
realise exactly how much is there.
As Rik's father is in a nursing home unable to speak
after a stroke twenty years ago, he is unable to shed a light on how the money
got there and where it came from.
Rik starts making his own enquiries and these lead him
into many serious situations. His experience as an investigative journalist
helps him to delve deeply into bribery and corruption involving big names in
the city of Boston. They also bring to light his father's rather murky past.
It's not long before he realises he is being followed
and has to change cars and places to stay , not always
successfully and the tension increases until it all
comes to a head with a very satisfactory ending.
I really enjoyed this book, the story flows nicely and
I found I was turning the pages faster and faster as I read on. I especially
liked the fact that the main character was just an ordinary person and not some
tough guy who could easily outwit his pursuers. I thought that his efforts to
keep from being followed were really believable.
He also has his own faults as he admits to himself
that the only reason he arranges for his father to have a new treatment that
may bring his speech back, is to find out where the money came from.
This was a great read with believable characters and
an even more believable plot. Corruption of this nature must go on in every
town and city everywhere.
I look forward to reading more books by Joseph Finder
with great anticipation.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Joseph Finderwas born in Chicagoand spent his early childhood living around the world, including
Afghanistan and the Philippines. In fact, Joe's first language -- even before
English -- was Farsi, which he spoke as a child in Kabul. Finally, after a
stint in Bellingham, WA, his family finally settled outside of Albany, NY.
After taking a high school seminar on the literature and
history of Russia, Joseph went on to major in Russian studies at Yale. He then
completed a master's degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and later
taught on the Harvard faculty. He was recruited to the Central Intelligence
Agency but eventually decided he preferred writing fiction.In 2006 he won the International Thriller
Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer
Instinct. Now a bestselling thriller writer, Jo in addition to his fiction,
does occasional work for Hollywood and has written on espionage and
international affairs for a number of publications, including
TheDailyBeast.com, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New
Republic. He roots for the Boston Red Sox and lives in Boston with his wife,
daughter, and a needy golden retriever, Mia, a dropout from seeing-eye-dog
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.