When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.
Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder. The most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but with rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies, Allison worries about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.
My Rating: 5/5
Review: I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really well-written and gripping. The story doesn’t let up for a moment but it isn’t rushed in any way, the pacing and level of tension are perfect. The characters were all realistic, even though some of them were less than nice and I liked the fact that Allison’s story wasn’t just that of FBI Agent, it had background to it and made her more rounded as a character because of that and I’d love to see more of her in the future. I also enjoyed the details in the story, from the information about tattoos to the tracing of the encrypted Internet connection they were all explained really well but not too much, although I want to learn new things I find too much information off-putting but this was just right. The reveal near the end was brilliantly done, I had begun to suspect but wasn’t 100% sure until just before it happened which is always a sign of a good story for me. I had no idea that this was the second book in the series but despite that it worked brilliantly as a stand-alone. There were a few references to Allison’s recent past which is covered in the first book, but the references were done in such a way that they added to the story and didn’t make you feel as if you were missing something. I have now got the first book on my to-read list and will be looking out for more Allison McNeil stories, there aren’t many make authors who can write good female characters but Jeff Gunhus is definitely one of the few who can.
If you like well-paced, tension filled crime fiction or psychological thrillers then I would definitely recommend this book. This was a bit of a gamble for me since the author was unknown to me when I signed up for this tour but it was definitely a gamble worth taking as it paid off beautifully. More please!!!
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
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