Meeting ex-FBI agent Jack Davis in the middle of a shootout is the best thing that could have happened to Vivien Chase. But Jack has no idea how deep - and how deadly - his involvement with the mysterious young bookkeeper will get. The pretty accountant may be able to pull a trigger as well as she manipulates a spreadsheet, but her talents may add up to zero if a killer gets their way. As Jack follows Vivien into a lethal web of deceit, years in the making, the only thing that might save them - time - is running out...
©2010 Joel Goldman (P)2012 Joel Goldman
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Jack Davis is a man with problems! Both of his children have died violently. His ex-wife Joy is dying of cancer, she has moved back in and he is caring for her. His love interest has moved from Kansas City to San Diego. He has lost his job of 26 years with the FBI due to his health issue. His health issue, for which no cause has been found and no treatment available, is random, frequent, and debilitating whole body tremors which are like grand mal seizures.
At age 53 Jack has just formed an investigations agency with a female ex-cop 20 years his junior who cannot carry a gun because she is also an ex-felon who stole some diamonds at a crime scene.
This is the third and final novel in the superb Jack Davis series. Jack takes on his toughest case yet.
Most of the dialog in the novel is first person with each character speaking with little "he said" or "she said". Nick Foley, the narrator, handles all of the voices with incredible aplomb. Foley is very, very good.
I think Joel Goldman is a good writer, and I really like Jack Davis as a character, but there are several reasons why I think it is a good move to end this series. 1--Jack's disability has escalated to the point that he seems to be constantly putting himself and others in danger. The descriptions of his shaking episodes become tedious after a while. I can't think that a responsible ex-FBI agent would take the risks that he does. 2--Even though there were so many characters and twists in the multiple branches of the plot, I could see the end coming a mile away, and it made me lose respect for Jack because he was so blindly trusting. 3--I know Jack's history is tragic, but the amount of loss he has suffered is just beyond the pale. This goes back to the second book, wherein we find out that Wendy has died, "off screen" so to speak, and that Jack had literally stumbled over her in NYC moments before she expired. I would have liked it so much better if she could have been spared and figured in as sort of a shadow character who mysteriously contacted her dad once in a while. 4--I didn't see the point of Joy's story line, other than to beat the reader over the head with the idea that Jack's life is tragic.
As much as I enjoy the KC/eastern Kansas setting, if this weren't the last of the Jack Davis series, I doubt that I would read the next one.
The narrator is excellent.
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