This story sucks the reader in from the start and grips you most of the way. Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father and left in a schoolyard when he was four. Mike was in such shock of being left there that he didn't know his own name or where her lived. He ends up being raised in a boys home where he makes friends with an outcast named Sheppard (called Shep). Sheppard becomes a professional criminal while Mike seems to shake off his shakey past and becomes a successful building designer.
On the eve of getting a huge contract for green "dream" houses, Mike learns that a subcontractor put non-green PVC pipe throughout the base of the complex. Mike feels that he is cheating everyone by calling "green" houses that are not really "green." He is told to forget about it and has his picture taken with the Governer. From then on Mike's life takes a huge turn for the worst and two dangerous men start to threaten him and his family.
When the situation starts getting out of hand, Mike needs to call on his dangerous "friend" from his past, Shep, for help. Even with the help of Shep and a private investigator, Mike has to go on the run to protect his wife and daughter and it seems that not only are the two bad men after him, but powerful forces in the government want to kill him.
As I stated up front, for most of the book this is a real page turner and highly tense. Once the reader learns why Mike is being chased, the explanation seems a little lame and the book seems to run out of steam though there are a few tense moments later on. All in all, this had the makings of one of the best thrillers of the year but I still rate it four stars.
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 … more
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