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The Identity Man

3 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Andrew Klavan

Starred Review. Edgar-winner Klavan's compelling thriller focuses on smalltime criminal John Shannon, who commits petty crimes, usually burglary, out of boredom as much as any need for financial gain. When a job spins out of control and a man gets … see full wiki

Author: Andrew Klavan
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3 reviews about The Identity Man
review by . November 10, 2010
This book reminded me a lot of some of the early episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation. In those specific shows, everything would be different and the audience would have no clue why everything was different until the last 15 minutes of the show. This book is like that because you do not know what is going on until the last 40 pages.     The story has two storylines that intersect later in the book. Two rogue cops are stalking bad guys, and maybe even good guys, in a city …
review by . February 07, 2011
Klavan's fast-paced latest opens with the murder of a whistle blower by a corrupt cop in a flood ravaged, riot-torn city. The narrative then shifts a thousand miles to a petty thief named Shannon working on his latest wood carving and fretting about an upcoming job. If caught he'll be a three-time loser.    Sure enough, things go about as bad as they can, much worse, in fact than Shannon imagined. He's been framed for a horrific murder and every cop in the world, it seems, is …
review by . September 27, 2010
I almost gave up on this book a bit over the half way point, because it didn't appear that there was a coherent plot, and very few things made sense. A criminal on the run is given a new face and new identity papers and is dropped into a ruined city run by a corrupt mayor in conjunction with the police department. Even though this fellow is supposed to have a completely new persona, not too long after he arrives the police are breathing down his neck, and he is once again forced to run.   …
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