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City of Windows

(Lucas Page #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  138 reviews
During the worst blizzard in memory, an FBI agent in a moving SUV in New York City is killed by a nearly impossible sniper shot. Unable to pinpoint where the shot came from, as the storm rapidly wipes out evidence, the agent-in-charge Brett Kehoe turns to the one man who might be able to help them--former FBI agent Lucas Page.

Page, a university professor and bestselling au
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robert Pobi's fast paced, action packed crime thriller is intense, and so gripping that it will have you turning the pages frantically right through to the nail biting finale. It's central protagonist is the gifted atsrophysicist professor at Columbia University, Dr Lucas Page, an ex-FBI agent who quit after losing his leg, arm, eye and almost his life. This part metal man is not a man to suffer fools gladly and makes no bones about it, there are few people he chooses to interact with. He is mar ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
New York City is in the grip of an arctic freeze, but the chills are not merely due to the inclement weather. An off duty FBI agent is killed by a sniper who, despite the adverse conditions, pulls off a seemingly impossible shot. This isn’t a one off killing though, as law enforcement officers across the city appear to be a target. Make no mistake, this killer is frighteningly efficient, the likes of which the FBI haven’t seen before.

Scientist and teacher Lucas Page is persuaded to join the inve
Larry H
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

When I was reading Robert Pobi's upcoming thriller City of Windows , I could hear what I imagined the movie trailer voice-over would be in my head. "Just when he thought he was out...they pulled him back in!"

New York City is hit by the worst blizzard in history. As a black sedan stops to allow a pedestrian to cross in front of it, an almost-impossible sniper shot hits the driver of the car in the head, killing him instantly, not to mention creating a grisly scene on
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Sandy (CA) fab review
Shelves: net-galley, ebooks
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

OK everyone, listen up because this one is really really really GOOD! It’s different, it’s clever, and it’s got a great protagonist in Dr. Lucas Page. Dr. Page is not a medical doctor, but a university professor who happens to be a former FBI agent. He also is half metal with arm and leg prostheses thanks to a disastrous event while earlier serving in the FBI. And not only that, but he is a savant with special mathematical mental skills that can come in quite handy. L
Ok thriller lovers, listen up. There’s a lot of buzz around this book & I’m here to say you can believe it. This is a cracking read that delivers. Tense action, intricate plot lines, a frighteningly efficient killer & suspense that builds to a hair raising finish. It may sound like a stock recipe for any thriller but the reason this one succeeds so well is down to two things… the author blends those ingredients then tosses in a compelling & charismatic MC.

Dr. Lucas Page is a bri
Andrew Smith
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It starts with the shooting of an FBI agent in New York City. Not just a shooting, this, but the shot of marksman who picked out a moving target during the worst blizzard anyone could recall. It’s not clear where the gunman was sited and given the number of possible vantage points in this high rise city it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. The lead agent investigating the murder, Brett Kehoe, turns to a former colleague (now retired), Lucas Page. We’re to learn quite a bit about the str ...more
Genre: Crime Thriller
Type: Standalone book from Lucas Page series
POV: Third Person
(3.75 stars)

For years Dr. Lucas Page lived a contented quiet life. But a past he gladly left behind came knocking on his door. A sniper incident forced him back with the FBI. Working together with a new partner and a few from the past, he must figure out who was the shooter before the time ran out.

Lucas was an interesting hero. He was selfless with his gift/ability. His past and his prickly personality we
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The star of this fast-paced thriller is Lucas Page, a retired FBI specialist who now sports a prosthetic eye, arm, and leg and thought he’d be left alone to quietly raise his house full of foster kids. When a sniper is targeting law enforcement officers, making impossible shots on moving targets, Page is reluctantly called back into the line of duty. Page was a precocious child who performed graduate-level math at an age when he should have been racing Big Wheels. His unique mathematical skills ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What can I say? I don't want to compare Lucas Page to any other of the great characters like Lincoln Rhyme. Lucas Page is someone special and I'm happy he is nót as any of the other great characters. He is unique. I really loved his sense of humor; I think his love for his wife and children is a great thing and he may be a little grumpy sometimes, it makes him all the more likable.
Solving the shooting of his former partner and subsequently other people, Lucas is fo
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Just when you think you’ve seen every incarnation of FBI investigation you can possibly imagine, one comes along that surprises you...

Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, professor, writer, got out of the FBI after the ‘Event’ that lost him a couple of limbs and an eye. But now a sniper is loose in NYC and it’s a complex enough case to draw him right back in. And there’s no doubt that they need him. He’s got a very particular talent: the ability to see the world in numbers. It’s all framed as a resul
Liz Barnsley
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this.
A genuinely thrilling thriller
Main protagonist Lucas Page see's things from a unique perspective- so cool.
Proper page turner.

Also the last bit was so tense I've just had to tell my brain to relax my shoulders.

Full review to follow nearer publication.
The Captain
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror-thrillers
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I picked up this book based on two ideas: 1) that NYC is stuck in an apocalyptic type snow storm and 2) that the main character, Lucas Page, has an uncanny ability to view the world in mathematical vectors and angles.  The sci-fi element of seeing the world in this way combined with hunting down an extraordinary sniper appealed to me.  While this was a f
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely stunning thriller that's so fast paced it will leave you breathless. Although laced with the darkest of dark humour, it also raises serious questions about liberty, justice and the USA Constitution's 2nd Amendment - the right to bear arms.
Seemingly out of nowhere a sniper has begun a killing spree - a sniper who is invisible and leaves no tracks. The powers that-think-they-know-it-all believe it's the work of a French millionaire playboy turned radicalised Muslim. The shooting tak
Laura Rash
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOT DAMN!!!! This was a ripper of a book! A really unique concept between the flawed characters, outlandish storyline and descriptive settings. Fans of the Michael Bennett books can imagine that crossed with Lincoln Rhyme and it’s still not going to completely explain this very original story. I also enjoyed the one liners that had me snort laughing. I feel the need to go read all this authors books now.
Many thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely action packed crime thriller that would make an incredible film. I can’t remember how Page’s facial features were described, but in my head he was Kevin McKidd from Grey’s Anatomy as I could perfectly see him using his sarcasm and intellect whilst investigating this spate of fatal shootings.
It’s basically Die Hard for crime book junkies!

This book is utterly brilliant in that in Page’s narrative it features his thought and feelings on gun violence and the ways in which the r
3.75 Stars

With a sniper on the loose killing law enforcement officers in New York City, former FBI agent, Dr. Lucas Page, is approached to consult on the investigation based on his area of expertise. Though well established as a professor, husband and adoptive father, Lucas is hesitant to consent, but he is keen to use his unique skills to solve the case. What ensues is a chase that puts all at risk of being a target.

“But he couldn’t turn off what he was built to do – to see patterns. In patte
Terence M
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review will follow.
4Stars - I really liked it
Audiobook - 11:05 Hours - Narrator: Stephen Graybill

A well-written and very well narrated thriller that required some serious lifting of the believability veil to accept the notions of such an incredibly accurate sniper being pursued by such a uniquely talented university professor/former FBI agent. I happily stretched the veil to its maximum and thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don't flame me; looking at the ratings here I know I am truly outlier. I might give it a 2.5 stars but I could never round it up.

The writing is at times jumpy and also at the same time convoluted. It's meant to trigger "crisis"- but all it triggered in me was irritation.

But that wasn't my primary turn off. It was the too too smarty pants "eyes" and sarcasm, snark and mire pits that this constantly traipses through. By Page 200 I just couldn't stand the elite superiority hubris almost all around
Bonnie Brody
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr. Lucas Page, ex-FBI agent and currently a bored professor of astrophysics at Columbia University, has been asked to return to service by the FBI. Page has a gift which is hard to explain but, in a nutshell, he is capable of figuring out the EXACT source of a bullet's origin whether he's standing in the crowds of New York City or in the wild lands of Wyoming. "Apparently, his intuitive understanding of geometry converted the landscape to numerical values." The FBI needs this asset desperately, ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
City of Windows is a good action mystery story. A retired agent, a math genuis who now has prosthetics, is recalled to help solve a string of murders. It involves people close to him. It's easier to understand the main character after some background information is given. Story is paced well and has numerous twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. Overall a good read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Maine Colonial
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, thriller
I received a free advance review copy of this book.

Years ago, when I was a Mainer living in exile, my spouse and I would spend a week or two every summer visiting my family. We’d bring a stack of books and often one particular book, usually a thriller, would make the rounds from the two of us through my mother, my aunt and sometimes more. This thriller reminds me of the books that everybody in the group wanted to read back then.

You’ve read the description, so you know the basics here. What you d
Aug 09, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ page 60

I simply don't care about this. I don't care about the crime, I don't care about the main character's past, I don't care about his family (though that is the most interesting part so far). It's supposed to be a really cold winter and I don't feel it. I may try this again later, I don't know yet.
Janet Newport
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc.

Whoa!! Get out your G-suit, strap in and prepare for lift-off! Oh, and remember to breathe...

This was a very fast paced read (I only remember a couple of "slow spots," about 4% in, Lucas loaded a dishwasher... about 60% in, he made coffee in his hotel room, describing the silly little teabags the coffee was packaged in for the hotel room's coffee machine). His real talent was his ability to reconstruct and calculate the physics of long range
Donna Hines
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Dying don't take nothing. Living? That's something else."
Nerves shattered! Sniper Shots Fired! Deaths out of nowhere upon NYC!
The FBI has its work cut out for them as they now are hunting a killer during the worst blizzard on record!
Good grief! So many issues for Page to endure. After all Lucas Page left the FBI after nearly losing his life and a few body parts.
Now he's back in action to help the victim and his very own partner in crime.
What Lucas uncovers must depend highly upon his skill to s
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome debut by an author who understands how to create a truly unique protagonist and structure an extraordinary crime fiction/thriller. It's riveting!
Lady Delacour
Lee Child must have
been high when he
endorsed this authors
ego blown story.
1 DNF Star.
Listened with TTS.
Not Clean.
Foul Language.
Nancy McFarlane
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who is Dr. Lucas Page? He is a new reluctant hero for fans of Michael Bennett, Lincoln Rhyme, and Amos Decker. Reluctant because he quit the FBI over 10 years ago after an ‘event' which literally cost him an arm and a leg and also an eye. Hero because after being pressured to rejoin the FBI in a search for a serial sniper who is killing law enforcement he uses his special spatial recognition and mathematical skills to uncover clues and eventually find the killer. It is unusual to have outstandin ...more Mystery & Thriller
Just when one thinks that there cannot possibly be a new configuration of the thriller genre, along comes Robert Pobi and CITY OF WINDOWS. Pobi, a journeyman author whose previous efforts have been underappreciated, introduces a protagonist who is as mesmerizing as he is unique.

The book begins with a memorable --- make that never to be forgotten --- vignette that haunts the reader throughout the entire story. The setting is New York City, in the middle of a blizzard less than a week before Chris
Ruth Jones
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to Lucas Page previously ?... hints , but that's about it.
A bit disappointed that no explanation was given, but still a great book, and will now look for other books by this author.
Ray Palen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Summer of 2019 is finishing up with a bang as Robert Pobi's latest thriller --- CITY OF WINDOWS --- may very well be the best beach read of the Sol Season!

The nicest thing, for readers living in warm climates, is that CITY OF WINDOWS is set during one of the coldest winters in the history of New York City. In fact, a good part of the novel takes place during a blinding blizzard. Pedestrian and street traffic may be all but completely stalled out, yet the deadly onset of a brutal series of sn
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ROBERT POBI has fished for great whites off Montauk, chased coyotes with a dune buggy in the Mojave, and spelunked caves in the former Yugoslavia. He is a renowned expert in English period furniture and makes a mean coq au vin. He spends most of his time in Montreal, Canada.

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