When readers last saw Eddie Grant in Treasure of Saint-Lazare, he was hot on the trail of Nazi war loot in the company of his on-again, off-again lover, Jen. As readers and listeners return to Eddie's shadowy world of undercover deals and thugs in the employ of crime bosses, they find a quieter, more mature Eddie, now married to Aurélie, a scholar of some note, and living in pleasant domestic bliss. Onto this romantic scene come several of Eddie's friends, who alert him to suspicious activity within his social circle, involving a man with criminal intentions and an interest in gold. Shortly afterward, a mysterious murder implicates another character from Eddie's past. As he looks into the matter, Aurélie soon finds herself in danger; at the same time, Jen reappears in Eddie's life, and he's simultaneously drawn to her and eager to avoid falling into bed with her again. Soon, he and his comrades must track down another ring of criminals and protect themselves from fatal retribution.
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"A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean...that's part thriller, part mystery, and all rollicking ride." (Kirkus Reviews)
I expected to really enjoy this one, and I was right! Taking place 3 years after the Treasure of St Lazare, familiar characters become involved with new, threatening ones. The writing draws you in and you become invested in the story quite early on. There are some weavings of the previous tale into this one, and lots more new and unrealized things that totally surprise. The action is pretty much non-stop. Great book for plot twists that blow you away!
The narrator of the audio is okay.
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