Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: RUTHLESS by John Rector

Ruthless"I met a blonde in a bar," I said. "She -"
"You met a blonde in a bar?" He laughed. "Any story that starts like that isn't going to end well."
I ignored him and kept going.
"She thought I was someone else, and I let her go on thinking it."

From the back of the book:
Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. 

My Review:
RUTHLESS is a classic wrong-man tale oozing noir and dripping in conspiracy and sinister motives - all of which become more paramount as the plot unfolds. There is a real sense of mystery with the truth hidden in a dense brume that envelopes the quarry, Abigail - a young women marked for death, and Nick, the right man in the wrong place. 

From a drunken case of mistaken identity, Nick is given 20k and a photo with a simple message - to murder Abigail. The contract initiated over a drunken encounter at a bar Nick frequents. Problem is, Nick, isn't a hitman, and the employer, a shady blonde with a thirst for a drop of the hard stuff doesn't give him time to right her wrong. 

The plot takes a turn for the familiar from here on in with Nick tracking down Abigail and slowly piecing together who his 'employer' is and why a contract has been put out on this young woman's head. As, author John Rector teases the reader with reason, you do get a sense that there is something Abigail isn't telling her surprise white knight.

RUTHLESS is a great fast paced read that really hits the right cords for the sort of fiction I consume. There is a moment where the script is turned on its head that is simply good writing. What stops RUTHLESS from being on of my top reads is the ending - it felt as thought the story stopped short and then turned another direction without really enhancing what was a highly enjoyable read.

RUTHLESS is due to be published mid 2015.  

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