Thursday, May 1, 2014

Empty sacks never stand straight -17th Century saying

We begin with a scene that vividly sets the atmosphere and grabs the reader's attention.

A TV news reporter comes to a remote place in the desert to meet a source on what she thinks will be her 'big' story. Instead, when a man gets out of the car, he guns her down.

Her former husband, Peter Brandt, returns to California for her funeral. When the local police seem to ignore the case, Peter and his friend, Matt Banyon, retired cop, work together to find the killer.

The reader learns that the reporter was looking into the past of a character who claimed to be a Cuban exile. The story takes place in 1987 and the character claims he helped the freedom fighters in the Bay of Pigs. Now the man is wealthy and has a number of politicians in his back pocket. The TV reporter researches his work with government officials and his work with the Nicaraguan Contras.

The author has a gift for pacing and the action moves at a rapid pace followed by segments of needed background.

I did find an annoying part of the story.  In many cases a character would refer to Peter's ex-wife as his wife and each time he would correct them saying she was his former wife. After a while this was annoying and I think most people would ignore the mistake.  However, given that, this was an enjoyable book and an edge of seat thriller.

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