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Dead Anyway

Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf, read by Donald Corren

Rating:  * * * * *

Being dead allows a man to investigate his own murder.

This book kept me absolutely riveted.  Each twist and turn was more fascinating than the last.  Consider it a primer on fraud, intrigue, identity theft, and erasing oneself.  To say more would spoil the story.  I highly recommend this book.

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Codename Wolf

Codename Wolf by Gil Hogg

Rating:  * * *

Roger Conway joins the British secret service on a lark, then, still a novice, finds himself thrown into a high-stakes operation including a new Cuban missile crisis, assassination attempts, and a clandestine group of operatives known as The Disciples.

Roger’s route to the secret intelligence service is entertaining:  dishonest, but ingenious, with a bit of luck thrown in.  The book is well written, moving along quickly and with plenty of red herrings and conspiracy theories.  Yarham, Roger’s right-hand man, is the most interesting and only likeable character in the book:  intelligent, quick-witted, content without being stodgy.  Roger is tiresome.  Four stars for the idea and the writing style.  Two stars for the story.

Through NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

The Heist

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Rating:  * * * * *

Kate O’Hara, FBI, and Nick Fox, con man and thief, have a thing for each other.  After years of skirmishes, O’Hara chasing Fox and him narrowly escaping each time, she finally nabs him.  Then the fun begins!  The FBI makes a deal with Fox to put him and O’Hara together on an assignment to catch an embezzler.  Assembling an unlikely team, they set out to chase the bad guy and recover the money, slinging sarcasm and woo liberally along the way.

Movie, TV, and book references abound:  James Bond, Overboard, Fantasy Island, Rudyard Kipling.  Who knew such a varied collection could be lumped into one story and make any kind of sense?  As with any good tale, the mere mention of these other stories evokes background images that enhance The Heist even more.

At one point I laughed so hard it became necessary to set the book down for fear I would drop it and lose my page.

Having read the prequel, a novella called Pros and Cons, I knew I would be reading this book.  Now I can hardly wait for the next installment in the series.

If you like this book, you may also enjoy Star Island by Carl Hiaasen.

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