I struggled with to say about this novel, because I honestly don't know how I feel about it even though it has been circulating within my brain sinceI struggled with to say about this novel, because I honestly don't know how I feel about it even though it has been circulating within my brain since this morning. I was intrigued by the premise: In 1964, a young woman named Maggie wakes up one morning in hospital not knowing really who she is or why she is there. She knows that she is physically fine, but her mind is shattered, She knows enough to put her best face forward, because if the nurses believe she is too happy, wary, or sad she'll be sent to "treatment" the following morning. The treatment is electric shocks, and they seem to scramble her memory even more. She is terrified of storms for some reason. Her memory almost miraculously becomes whole at a social function at the mental hospital when she touches the hand of a fellow patient who had a nervous breakdown after losing his wife and child. Something bad happened to her that night of a terrible storm when she had her first date with Jack.
Then we readers meet Jonathan in present day. He is a teacher. His wife is finally pregnant. He's put off telling his parents the good news because he doesn't get on with them - his father mainly. His father dies. A student accuses him of hitting him, and Jonathan is suspended indefinitely. Soon after his father's funeral, a detective appears at his doorstep. He is from the Cold Case division and Jonathan's DNA shows a familial match to several old unsolved is crimes. This is where Maggie and Jonathan's stories merge.
Some parts of the novel were beautifully written given that the author chose mental illness, date rape, and family ties - nature vs. nurture - as subjects. Some parts needed closer editing because some passages repeated themselves and was very disconcerting. At times the novel dragged somewhat - the pacing was not steady. The characters were well developed more or less. I loved Maggie. I wanted to hug her and hoped she'd be well at the novel's end. Jonathan? He was narcissistic, whiny, wimpy for a man of forty. He was too absorbed with his problems and ignoring his wife and mother. It was all about him until the very end of the novel. He did redeem himself in this reader's eyes. The ending did move me to tears. Was it a great summer read - no, but I did like it. ...more
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in Londo4.5 Stars
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in London. They are quite subdued. Faye's divorce has had quite the effect upon all three of them. She's not the same confident woman she was before marrying Rob O'Neill. Six year old Tom has not spoken a word in over a year after...
Maddie is precocious. She is bossy with a heart of Gold yearning to be safe and loved. She is very protective of her mum and younger brother. No. 14 just may be what the Doctor ordered. No. 14 is where Wendy Forrester lives up in the Nursery that looks amazingly like Wendy Darling's. And the old woman truly believes that she is THE Wendy. Her daughter sternly tells the O'Neill's that they are not to disturb the old lady. Do they listen? Nah! And that's the magic of the story, or at least part of it.
The other part of the story is in the 2nd flat. Jack Graham is a very handsome world renown scientist and loves the house and ol' "Crazy Wendy." He himself is a Lost Boy. (Peter Pan's Lost Boys? Maybe, maybe not.) When you believe, anything is possible! Can this old house with the overgrown garden that the children clean up with the smiling Peter Pan fountain heal two broken adults and two frighten and sad children? Believe, and wish upon the second star to the right and you'll too will begin to hear a flute and see a small ball of light flying throughout No.14 in London.
I just loved this novel! Mary Alice Monroe has brought Peter Pan's magic to the novel, but not in an overt way. I laughed and cried in various parts and when it ended, my heart was swollen with joy! ...more
I finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJI finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJ's equipment, camp, and other stuff I began to wonder if I was reading a training manual or a piece of fiction. Tom Clancy put a lot of technical information in his books as it related to the storyline, but his prose flowed and didn't have footnotes at the end of each chapter as does The Empty Quarter. And the ending! It was so incredible; it was just plain absurd! The storyline was a good idea, but the execution of it was a dull, dry read with the reader leaving the realms of suspended disbelief.
The storyline is simple. A member of the Royal Saudi family wants his daughter to returned to him without her husband. The princess loves him, but her father does not. He rather see Arif dead rather than in his house. He arranges "a rescue" from the Americans. The elite Pararescue Jumpers go into to action as well as a low level embassy employee whom was a former Army Ranger. None of the rescuers know that the Saudi Prince is actually arranging her kidnapping with the hopeful outcome that Arif is killed during the rescue and Nayada is safely returned to the Kingdom. The desert they have to cross is the deadly desert in Yemen known as The Empty Quarter.
Sounds good, doesn't it? The storyline is a great idea, but the writing did it injustice. And that is never good when reading a thriller. Will I ever read this author again? I doubt it unless there are no footnotes in the novel. ...more
What a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out oWhat a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out on the water with a dead guy on board. The dead guy FINALLY convinced her father that someone tried to kill her when her Miata ended up in the drink. She feels bad that she killed the man, but it had to be done. Her cousin, Micah, is missing; so is the Morans' truck - Intuition. People are chasing Hazel and her Dad on land and sea. But why? And why did Micah steal her truck? Or was it someone else? Hazel decides to find out using her fictitious hero - Travis McGee - to find out. he's not worried. But the bad guys should be, Hazel is not a people person. She's lived with her dad on a small schooner and can shift the gears on an 18 wheeler fast. Oh yeah - she knows how to wield a very sharp knife, like Micah taught her.
Yes, Hazel has trust issues and she isn't good at listening to her father's instructions; but she does have a soft spot : animals and a burn-scarred, brain scrambled boy that makes her heart go pitter-pat until it doesn't. Who is this boy? Who is Stevenson? What do they want and are they responsible for Micah's disappearance? Better watch out, Hazel is on the hunt for the bad guys!
Last Exit In New Jersey is a fast read that takes the reader on a wonderful ride. C.E. Grundler doesn't give any clues to what is going on and whom the bad guys really are until the last 80 pages. She has a dark sense of humor that comes out in Hazel, Micah, Zap, and Gary. I loved the characters and want to read more by this author. ...more
When I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists inWhen I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists in What She Saw by Sheila Lowe is plausible. Just think - Computers have become smaller and more affordable; we cannot live without our Smartphones, iPods, i Pads, and our ereaders. Why can't something like the secret Project 42 happen within the near future? And will the bad guys kill to protect the secrecy until the desired results come to fruition? You betcha!
A lone young woman awakes on a train without a memory of how she got on board, nor does she have any idea of whom she is or where she is going. She is recognized at the train station by a supposed neighbor. He knows her as Jenna Marcott. When they get to her apartment building, she knows exactly where her apartment's keys are. But the apartment itself feels wrong to Jenna. She looks for clues and finds an appointment card for a Dr. Gold. She decides to keep the appointment and learns that she's been threatened by a powerful man that she's been having an affair with. Under hypnosis, she recalls a memory of a fatal car accident. Is that why she is afraid of the police? Is she also married? Does she have DID? If she has Disassociate Identity Disorder, which identity is hers - Jenna Marcott or Jess Mack? And who wants to kill her?
Sheila Lowes writing style is easy. Her pace is quick, drawing the reader into the story. I enjoyed the suspense and some parts were funny. I'd definitely will read more from this author. ...more
This novel was my first experience reading Nevada Barr and I immediately liked her Anna Pigeon character. She's strong, a bit of a loner, and flawed.This novel was my first experience reading Nevada Barr and I immediately liked her Anna Pigeon character. She's strong, a bit of a loner, and flawed. In other words she's human and relatable - the kind of characters that I love and want to read more novels with them in them. I know a bit more about the Old Ones than I want too, but the history of the Anasazis didn't detract from the story; it helped set the mood for the "the veil", subsequent rescues, and murders. I don't want to sat too much more because I'll give away the plot. I know this much: I'll definitely will read more in this series. ...more
While this installment is not my favorite in the Cedar Cove Series, I did enjoy 1022 Evergreen Place. It is becoming clear that Debbie Macomber wants to end this delightful series, because she packs many details and people in this installment, trying to tie up many loose ends. Faith and Troy, Will and Shirley to name a few. Olivia is getting better. Oh will I miss Cedar Cove! I've read The Inn at Rose Harbor but I love catching up with these characters in this series!
Linc and Lori are adorable and I love both James and Christie. They make a significant appearance in this installment, but I'd like them to have a separate novel - 13 & 14. But getting back to Mary Jo Wyse and Mack McAfee. Mary Jo realizes that she is falling for Mack. Mack is having doubts about Mary Jo - she broke off their engagement earlier and he doesn't know how to show her that he loves her. Noelle is a bonus to that love he feels for Mary Jo. The letters from a soldier to his beloved girl are proving the perfect distraction for the couple - and they will finally get answers to whom the couple is. Mary Jo's brother Linc is happy married to Lori. He's even setting up another shop in Cedar Cove unless Lori's father decides otherwise. Rachel Peyton is pregnant. Bruce is very happy, his daughter Jolene is not. Trouble is brewing on Yakima Street. I'll have to visit 1105 Yakima soon....more
Alyson Richman says in her Note that she wanted to tell the story of an artist surviving the Holocaust. Then she heard of a story in which an old coupAlyson Richman says in her Note that she wanted to tell the story of an artist surviving the Holocaust. Then she heard of a story in which an old couple that had married before WWII who lost each other, then again found the other one at their grand childrens' wedding. Thus began the stories of Lenka and Josef. The writing is exquisite, poetic at times. I smiled as they got married, angry when Lenka stayed in Czechoslovakia, and cried in different parts of both their stories. The ending was so beautiful - I was sobbing with joy. Not many of us get a second chance. Will Josef and Lenka take it? Read to find out.
Just imagine you are at your grand daughter's reception. Your sleeve has risen a little, exposing a blue numbered tattoo. But the old man isn't seeing the blue ink, he's seeing your birthmark. He speaks softly, "Lenka, you don't recognize your husband?" Slowly you fill in the grey hair with black and soften the lines in his face, and you think back 60 years. This is how Lenka and Josef's story begins.
It's so hard to describe the novel without giving much of the story away. So, I tease you with some of my favorite passages.
I am in love with a shadow. I look for her in the darkness of the hallway. I search for her in the eyes of the old women crossing the street...[Lenka] still haunts me like a lioness, a cat with piercing eyes. Over sixty years have past and her shadow still walks beside me. Her shadow stretching long and black - waiting for me to reach for her - waiting for me to extend my hand."
But in order to survive in this foreign world, I had to teach myself that love is very much like a painting. The negative space between people was just as important as the positive space we occupy. The air between our resting bodies, and the breath in between our conversations, were all like the white of the canvas, and the rest of our relationship - the laughter and the memories - were the brushstrokes applied over time
I loved this cozy mystery! Hamlet reminds me of my big ol' cat, Fidget, who died a few months ago. I laughed until I cried at his shenanigans. WhoeverI loved this cozy mystery! Hamlet reminds me of my big ol' cat, Fidget, who died a few months ago. I laughed until I cried at his shenanigans. Whoever says cats are stupid have never meet Hamlet, Figgie, and my black cat Clyde! Hamlet helps solves the mysterious death of a very popular author - Valerie Baylor. Baylor writes a very popular Young Adult series - Haunted High. Baylor is even hotter than the "Boy Wizard" author. And Darla Pettistone is going to host the famous writer in her bookstore that she inherited from her late great aunt. Before Baylor and her entourage arrive, the lone protestor is still across the street - same garb, but a different sign. The message is similar to the one she carried yesterday. But why is she accusing the bestselling author of plagiarism? Darla's staff aren't too keen on having Baylor at Pettistone Fine Books either. Darla needs sales of the signing - finances are tight at the store right now, and she has her friend and tenant Jake to look after, especially since the older woman is a disabled cop. Jake and her friend Reese - an off duty detective - are providing security for the event, trying to keep everyone in long black capes and a streak of red lipstick in an orderly line.
When Baylor and her entourage finally get to the shop, Darla is dismayed witth the author's behavior. She is rude to everyone. Hamlet likes her and sits with her in the outdoor court yard. After only an hour Baylor announces that needs another cigarette break and goes out to the court yard. A few minutes later, tires screech. Baylor has been hit by a church van driven by Darla's sister friend, Marnie. Yes, Marnie threatened both Darla and the dead author. Was Baylor pushed or accidentally fell into the van's path? Of course it was murder. Hamlet begins pulling books off the shelves whose titles give Darla and Jake clues in the case. The big black cat does more but I don't want to spoil the surprise of all what he does. Suspects abound in the death of Valerie Baylor.
I just loved the characters. They'rer quirky and seem to be real. The writing was pretty good; it really didn't feel like a cozy-mystery because Brandon knew how to build suspense and the book is a faster-pace than most cozies. I WILL definitely read this series!
A good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exceA good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exception of one who died a few years back. Neil Barlow still makes his presence known though. Eva is looking for her birth parents - still. Kyle and Lauren are having trouble - he's unemployed again, but finds part time work at the local diner and Lauren is unhappy in their marriage. Jason Barlow has moved back to Stoney Point and has survivor's guilt. Maris is in Stoney Point to close her father's house and estate. She'll find more secrets than she wants to and maybe she'll stop running from her life.
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been 4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it is the killer, Julia only has days before she is dead like Sibby.
Linton has received another postcard. She gets them every year around this time and Sibyl's rape/murder hits to close for comfort. Jeffrey doesn't even know this part of Sara's past. How can she ever tell him and that this case has her in turmoil? Is this the case that finally causes Linton to get closer to her ex-husband or to resign as Grant County Medical Examiner?
Not a single person on Grant County police force will ever be the same after this case.
This book is the one in which I took an instant and intense disliking to Lena Adams 4 years ago. And I still dislike this character today. She has a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. She is embarrassed unnecessarily of her twin's sexuality. She can't forgive or even be civil to the uncle who brought the twins up. She is always so angry - I find her exhausting and exasperating. My daughter in law loves this character - I can't understand why?
Sara is slightly out of character and that bothered me. But Slaughter can write! She knows how to tell a helluva good story with backbreaking fast pacing and breathless suspense. Placing it on my permanent shelves of books. ...more
In this installment of Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series, Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are getting closer, though a new threat to their relationship rears its ugly head. As they are coming out the woods near Sara's parents' home, Jeffrey literally stumbles across a body buried in the ground. She was buried alive, then died a horrific death before she was freed.
The girl's identity leads to a co op soy farm and to a very religious family who is somewhat misogynist. Sara is not only shocked by the family, but by the family's Church - Tessa is a member and the family holds a Linton family secret in their hands. Which of the family or their farm hands killed Abby? And are there more young girls out there in the woods? Jeffrey must find out - his newest obsession.
I still don't like Lena Adams, I really can't figure out why I dislike this character as much as I do. When I read Blindsighted Lena just made my teeth hurt and got on my nerves, even with all that she's been through. Slaughter knows how to write and build up the suspension without giving up the bad guy until the end. I guessed the bad guy and again I was wrong. I recommend reading Karin Slaughter to everyone who loves a good thriller. ...more
I received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi StaubI received an ARC through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is the second book that I've read by Wendy Corsi Staub and this one I did like. Corsi Staub again delves into the cyber world, and The Perfect Stranger left me wondering just how much personal information is out there that I've shared on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter like her character, Meredith Heywood. Meredith's cancer has come back, but she hasn't shared the bad news with her blogger friends yet, with the exception of Kay. When Landry, Elena, and Jaycee see the post on Pink Stinks written by Meredith's daughter, they are shocked. Landry gets hold of the bloggers and the women plan to go to Cincinnati to her funeral. Landry soon discovers that cancer didn't kill Meredith; she was murdered. Could one of the women she has come to love through their blogs and posts have killed Meredith? And which one of them is next?
Each chapter begins with an excerpt from one of the women's blog.
~ Meredith - Pink Stinks ~ Landry - The Breast Cancer Diaries ~ Kay - I'm A-Okay ~ Elena - The Boobless Wonder ~ Jaycee - PC BC
They also have screen names, but the reader can catch on quickly as who is whom. There is the obvious red herring, and I figured out the killer's identity fairly quickly. I kept reading on because I wanted to know the why. The writing kept me engaged and the novel was a quick read. I felt as if I had gotten to know the characters. All in all, a very satisfactory read. ...more
I wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally crI wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally created her book club that meets every month on a Tuesday. The women do discuss their book selections, but they also eat, drink wine, and catch up with what is going on in their lives. Jean needs the group after her husband died. Loretta's husband sits in his recliner clutching the remote, so Loretta escapes into lurid erotica. Janet is silent and shy and overweight who is being abused by her boss. May is younger and loves her solitary life but regales the group with stories of horrible first dates. Dorothy worries for her troubled sons. Mitzi always finds a political "something" to rant about the groups book of the month. Then Bailey happens.
Bailey Butler is Jean's granddaughter, and she is an event. And not a happy on at that. Her "perfect" mother is forced into rehab and her absentee father don't acknowledge her existence. Bailey is hurt, afraid, and very angry. She is to live with Jean. Drama soon becomes the norm and both Jean and Bailey learn that you can survive grief, hurt, and loneliness. Family can be chosen and happiness can be found.
The story starts somewhat slowly, but then you realize that Jennifer Scott has sucked you into the story. The novel is well written; the prose, beautiful. I didn't want the book to end, because I had a big smile upon my face. ...more
Blackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to itBlackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to it. There is some suspense too with a dash of romance and a feel of an historical novel. It could be described as Women's Fiction, but the novel could be read by men and they could enjoy the book as well. I honestly don't know how to describe this small book except to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
Merle Bennett has just lost her husband, Harry. It seems like her husband hid a few important things from her - another family and the draining of their joint banking accounts, and an old family home in France in which a few more skeletons lay buried. Merle goes to France with her son in the hopes of selling the house, but an old eccentric woman refuses to leave the home, stating that Harry's mother gave her the home. The elderly woman dies suddenly and Merle becomes the prime suspect. Her passport is confiscated and is told not to leave the small French village. She starts renovating the stone home and sleuthing into the old woman's life and death unaware that the old woman is tied to her dead in-laws and their secrets.
Summer in France, wine, riots, unfriendly neighbors except Pere Albert, renovation, murder suspect, and a handsome roofer. What more can Merle ask for? ...more
Perhaps, the reason I didn't quite like this novel is because Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite author. Reading about the endings of all 4 of hPerhaps, the reason I didn't quite like this novel is because Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite author. Reading about the endings of all 4 of his marriages was depressing and I did put it down for a few days before picking it back up to finish it. I really loved The Paris Wife - a 5 Star Read. Unlike that novel, this one puts the failing of Hemingway's marriages squarely upon him. And he was a brute, to boot! Marriages always have two sides, so whilst the great author did philander, why did he do so?
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after3.50 Stars
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after three weeks, the quiet middle O'Brien sister has decided home is where she wants to be after disastrous reviews of her latest play performed in a Chicago Regional Theatre. She decides to open a floral shop, Flowers on Main. To her chagrin, the best nursery around is owned by Jake Collins - the man she dumped and whose heart is still broken because of Bree's sudden move to Chicago six years prior. Can they reconcile as are parents, Mick and Megan, seem to be doing? Secrets and trust issues abound.
I really like The Chesapeake Shores Series and this is an enjoyable 2nd entry of the series. I love the O'Briens! They are funny. They make you want to shake some sense into them. And sometime they make you a bit weepy-eyed. But they are a family, a family that you as a reader want to be in. Sherryl Woods draws complete characters that grow with each novel. What I didn't particularly like was Jake's whine for the entire book. He was either whining or angry and it got old really fast, so I deducted 1/2 star from my rating. I am looking forward to spending more time with the O'Briens in the fictional Chesapeake Shores soon! ...more
The ending threw me, I actually felt a bit bad for the villain. I never saw that twistWriting: 4 Stars Story: 1 Stars _______________ Total: 2.5 Stars
The ending threw me, I actually felt a bit bad for the villain. I never saw that twist coming. Wendy Corsi Staub writes well, but the story line scared me to death, especially when many children are glued to their iphones and laptops. Cyber-bullying, hacking, and teen suicides aren't really my thing when I want to curl up with a good thriller.
We know who the villain is (or think we do) from the start. He has come back to town to sell his family home after Mother died - albeit with a little help from Adrian. "Accidental" deaths start after he discovers the contents of the Marble Notebook with Ruthie's Rosary that the Realtor found. Adrian is going to punish the mothers that took Ruthie away from him. Sure enough one teenager commits Suicide, and so does another teen a week later. Both were found with a copy of author:Jeffrey Eugenides|1467]'s The Virgin Suicides close by book marked to the sister who died the exact way. Now Adrian is after the good sister - Carley. She is a freshman at Sisters, plump, bad acne, and is being bullied both at school and in Cyberspace. Only Angel understands her and is closer to Carley than she suspects.
A missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of tA missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of the mental hospital that has been her home off and on for the 2 long years since her 2 year old son disappeared into thin air. No body has been found, though. And everyone in her household believes Ava is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown yet again. Or is she? Only the new stable hand, Dern believes that something is not right in Neptune Gate. Could Ava's husband and her lecherous cousins be gas lighting Ava? Who besides the Church family want Ava out of the way, may be permanently?
I enjoy Lisa Jackson and this novel has a Hitchtock movie like feeling that I found enticing. But the cast of characters are just a few too many and the book itself could've been shortened by at least 100 pages - hence the removal of 1 star. A word of advice, don't read this late at night. ...more
This is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspendThis is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend disbelief. It could happen and when someone gets hurts - no miraculous healing. I even rooted for the Englishman, the assassin that Allon is after, because he showed some moral code about his assignments - that was an interesting twist to a villain. The last 40 pages were fast in wrapping up the story, maybe a little too fast for my reading taste - hence, a removal of a star. However The English Assassin is a very good thriller read.
And the story is fresh and seemingly could be ripped from the headlines. Terrorism? War? No. Hidden Art stolen by the Nazis from mostly Jewish galleries stored in deep basements or private Swiss Banks. The money gained from the stolen property used to fund Hitler for an extra year to eighteen months and a million more deaths in WWII. And it starts with Allon being summoned to Zurich to restore a painting for an unknown collector. When Gabriel arrives, he finds the man murdered. His body lying under a Rafael. He quietly leaves - his training kicking in. Why was the man murdered before telling the Israelis the reason he contacted them. Who killed him? And how did the Swiss authorities find and arrest the Restorer/sometimes Israeli Spy and Assassin in just 30 minutes? Gabriel Allon is determined to find the answers to these questions, even if it means dying in the process. And the English Assassin may just do that. ...more