This doorstop of a read is told in first person and invites the reader in through a gruesome murder in a New York tenement. Our hero picks up clues in real time that cause him to relive memories of betrayal, assignments, death and power struggles unlock additional memories of what led to this place, time and actions for him.
Moving through the past and simultaneously interacting with investigators on the scene simultaneously gives the reader vicarious thrills of intriguing schemes, world politics and ‘king-making’ deals. The thoughts and memories of a shadowy and fluid existence chase each other in his mind and reveal a life inside covert agencies in the government with no oversight and unknown to the president.
Almost immediately, this reader had an issue with the book. The pacing! How thrilled can you be if it puts you to sleep? The answer is encouragement of an intriguing and suspenseful thriller peeking from the edges of each page. Also, while not an issue, this reader wonders how the read will age with so many topical references and the cadence of today’s lifestyle.