This was my introduction to this author's work and it sure looks like he has a lot of talent for writing compelling suspense.
Gus Wheatly's wife has disappeared. At first the FBI believe that he may have done something to her. Then they start to think she may have fallen victim to a serial killer whose pattern is known as "book-ends." As Gus begins the search for his wife he discovers that he knows absolutely nothing about her. This is due to being a workaholic, coming home very late seven days a week and going out of town on long business trips.
To make Gus's problems worse he is suddenly kicked out of his law firm by his business partner who has virtually ruined his reputation in the firm and Gus is forced to take care of his six-year old daughter, who treats him like a stranger and like someone who may have had something to do with her mother's disappearance.
Trying to help Gus is an FBI agent named Andie. Andie is not sure whether Gus's wife was simply abducted or may be actually involved in the serial killings that are taking place.
The book moves along at a very rapid pace and Andie and Gus are very likeable characters. We really feel Gus's frustration as he tries to peel back the wall that stands between him and his young daughter.
The book also has a lot of tension. Lurking about is a mysterious black suited individual that loves to hang himself until almost dying and then freeing himself just before it is too late. He seems to love to do the same to his victims before they are ultimately killed.
My only problem with the book is that both Gus and Andie seem to do things towards the end of the book that had me shaking my head as to why. Otherwise this book would have earned a full five stars.
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