Gregg Hurwitz has created a novel with excellent suspense and characterization. The premise is enough to draw a reader to find the answers.
Mike Wingate is abandoned at a park by his father when Mike was age four. His father told him it wasn't his fault and then disappeared from his life.
Mike was raised in a foster home and befriended a boy named Shep. They became inseparable, like brothers. However, they were wild and unruly. Trouble seemed to follow them.
Mike got some breaks and with hard work, built up his construction business. He found happiness with his wife, Annabel, and his precious daughter Kat, age eight.
After Mike's photo was in the paper for winning a prize, he began to be followed by a number of unsavory people. When he complained to the police, the police were more interested in Mike's unknown background than in the people following and threatening Mike.
When Mike is told "You're Next" he calls his old friend Shep and they make a plan for dealing with these people.
The idea is interesting in that Mike doesn't know his background or the reason why anyone would want to hurt him or his family.
The characters are well drawn and interesting and the story is cleverly told. The search for Mike's pursuers takes him to a place that the reader cannot for see and with a cinematic climax, the ending is satisfying and engrossing.
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