I didn't realize this was a series when I started reading, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was release 13. How I managed to miss this authI didn't realize this was a series when I started reading, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was release 13. How I managed to miss this author, I can't imagine, but I'll be watching for her next release in the future.
Now to the book. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, have good relationships, the plot moves along at a fast pace and the premise could have jumped off the pages of any major city newspaper. I loved the tidbits of historical trivia about the various different religious institutions of New York and how the author integrated them into the story line. The courtroom scenes, witness cross examinations and police procedures worked well.
Mike and Alex make a good team but they definitely manage to get themselves into plenty of trouble. That means action, danger and the treat of death. The culmination of catching the killer worked fine for me but the portion after seemed rushed and unrealistic. There's no way Alex would have must gone off to her weekend house without filing a full report to her boss the DA. ...more
This is a first time read by this author for me. I really enjoyed the book. It had a vividly detailed and complicated plot, great characters with likaThis is a first time read by this author for me. I really enjoyed the book. It had a vividly detailed and complicated plot, great characters with likable, flawed personalities, and a smooth but rapid pace. Usually I find big portions of a story done in retrospect a big turn-off. However Mr. Sandford did a nice job with this technique, pulling the reader into the story, showing what happened and how it pulled Lucas and the others into the case, then and now. The villain stayed well hidden for years and the process for finding him is long and painstaking and the final scenes are nicely done.
I'm really glad I'd started this before the USA channel movie Certain Prey was on TV a few days ago or I probably would have never picked it up. I thought the movie was terribly disappointing and didn't do anything to bring me readers to the series which is too bad....more
It's a good look into the lives of two amazing characters. The kidnapping of Jack and the death of his security guys was handled well, as was the painIt's a good look into the lives of two amazing characters. The kidnapping of Jack and the death of his security guys was handled well, as was the pain Shane and David suffered on learning he was gone. But I felt that the rescue behind the Libyan border went too smoothly...the people responsible couldn't be that moronic and easy to fool.
Despite that, I really love David and Shane and their dedication to each other, all the people they love and their country. Jack is great kid with a huge personality. Darren falling for Prince Michael was a great plot twist that caught me totally by surprise.
Anyway, no more rambling. I found this book in the series, well written, compelling, and filled with great moments from characters we've come to love over the course of the series. Enjoy....more
This is the first time I've read this author. I enjoyed Maggie and the secondary character of of Lucy but didn't feel any real attachment for the indiThis is the first time I've read this author. I enjoyed Maggie and the secondary character of of Lucy but didn't feel any real attachment for the individuls in the DC part of the story. In fact, all the flipping back and forth between the two story lines just about drove me nuts. While both plots were interesting in there own rights, I didn't like the disjointed feel it left to the book. I couldn't develop a sense of caring about any of the characters.
But the things going on at both sites were thought provoking and leads once again to the idea of individuals in the government doing what they please and then covering it up. Bureaucratic power is still alive and well. ...more