Monday, June 25, 2012
The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique
Rusty Mullins has left intelligence work and now works for a security agency. He's a bodyguard to a very important man. He also knows this man would not have committed suicide, no matter how it looked.
Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read an ebook of this story for review (thank you). It will be published July 3rd, so you can grab a copy at your local bookstore next week.
Rusty didn't want to do intelligence work anymore. His wife had died from cancer and his daughter and grandson need him and he needs them. Security work is safer. Or at least it was supposed to be.
This story mirrors the economic conditions we have in our country currently. It references the collapses in Greece and Italy. The elephant in the room is the Federal Reserve. Not everyone is happy with the money flow, the issue of transparency, and the idea of full disclosure. This results in a complex plot with a lot of players.
When Rusty is allowed to pursue the murder, he doesn't realize that is to keep him busy and out of the way of the bigger operation. He's smart, though, he begins to see things aren't what they seem.
As a reader, I was wary of all the characters, too. Someone was feeding the other side information. Someone was making things happen on this side. And there were lots of choices on who that might be.
I don't usually enjoy this type of story but this one drew me in. I found myself rooting for Rusty and worrying about how many more would die before the story ended. Rusty didn't disappoint me. I'm sure he won't disappoint you either.