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Identity by Anthony Toro
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Oct 15, 14

bookshelves: first-reads, mystery
Recommended to Dan (The Chaotic Reader) by: First Reads win
Read in April, 2010, read count: 1

Newly promoted to Chief Financial Officer of a financial services firm, Tobin Garrison is the victim of a serious and tragic accident on the eve of assuming his new duties. In the days following his recovery from this he discovers that not only has his identity been stolen, but he is also the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Despite the efforts of a private investigator and a Johnnie Cochran-type attorney, things go from bad to worse and Tobin decides to do some sleuthing on his own. The further he digs, the more tenuous becomes his own certainty of his innocence and sanity.

Toro unwinds an intriguing story. He's very good at delivering plot twists when they're least expected and at leading you into the next chapter when you've already said, "Just one more chapter."...three chapters ago. The only complaint I have with the plot is a couple of issues left unresolved at the end but not in a suspenseful/potential sequel kind of way.

His characters, on the other hand, are frequently beyond belief. There tends to be a significant disconnect between their thoughts/dialogue and their actions. Tobin is especially troublesome for his almost total lack of familiarity with his personal finances, his naive credulity, and his wild mood swings. Not traits one generally finds in someone who's risen to the position of CFO. I kept thinking the inconsistencies in the characters' behavior could be from the stress they were undergoing but, if so, that wasn't well developed.

In short, this could have been an excellent book if I'd been able to believe the characters could possibly be real.
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