Top positive review
Action and corruption aplenty
Reviewed in Australia on 25 October 2020
In this one Mandy and Martin park Liam with Uncle Vern while they go to Sydney to work on a case involving the disappearance 5 years earlier of a man Mandy was engaged to - Tarquin Molloy. Ostensibly a lawyer helping out at a merchant bank, he was in fact, an undercover cop looking for dirt on the bank. Everyone, including Mandy, believed he was simply a thief who’d stolen $10 million and skipped the country. When his body is discovered by engineers cemented into a cracking, sub-standard apartment block, opinions are revised. What follows is a wild ride involving a secret group of influential people, a Chicago mobster, a couple of psychopathic crims, various police (possibly trustworthy, possibly not), journalists looking for scoops, a young computer geek and Martin’s old ASIO contact, among others.
As the death count rises and malware proliferates, Mandy and Martin are reviewing who they are as individuals and as a couple. Issues of trust are big. When the inevitable finally hits the fan, Martin’s new publisher throws everything online as the writs start flying and many well known people go ducking for cover. The idea is to get the genie right out of the bottle so it can’t be stuffed back in. Even the FBI comes running as the story goes viral in the US. This is the first novel I’ve read that mentions COVID, which for the purposes of the novel is having only a lingering economic effect. While the bigness of the plot may strain credulity somewhat, stranger things have happened (as evidenced by the Royal Commission into Banking), it’s certainly action-packed: psychologically as well as physically. Note to publishers: a character is misnamed at one point.