Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 130-135,000 words
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A screenwriter turned Boston lawyer, James Hankins now lives north of Boston, where he devotes his time to writing and raising his family. He has two other books available for your favorite eReader.
For more, visit Hankins’ website.
“Federal prosecutor Charlie Beckham's life turns upside down when a deranged homeless man calls him by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world—Charlie's brother, who's been missing for thirteen years. Charlie needs answers, and his search for them will take him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and right into the heart of the city's criminal underworld.”
When their parents died, Charlie Beckham’s older brother, Jake, fought for custody and devoted himself to making sure Charlie had every opportunity he needed to become a success. Now an up and coming federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s office, Charlie has achieved that success in his career. He’s engaged to an intelligent woman who coincidentally is his boss’s daughter. Yet he is still haunted by the disappearance of Jake thirteen years ago. When a homeless man calls him a secret nickname only known by Jake, it sends Charlie down the rabbit hole, in search of answers.
The premise is a good one and, given Charlie’s loyalty to Jake, his single-mindedness in trying to find answers, even when his actions are clearly going to cause him trouble, are easy to believe. The character development of the major players in this story seems to go deeper than with a typical thriller, but the more complex characterization didn’t feel like it slowed the story down. It’s a rollercoaster ride as Charlie uncovers a conspiracy that goes well beyond anything he imagined.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars