Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.
In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police, but it might be too late.
In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father's expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer - only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.
©2013 Teresa Woods (P)2016 Tantor
"Pitch-perfect... Solid characters, unpredictable twists and excellent plotting; a must-read for those who enjoy crime fiction." (Kirkus)
I really enjoyed this book, what I didn't like was the narrator. Not so much her voice but the sloooooownesssss of her narration. I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it sounded much better!
The book is very good. Woman abused as a child who becomes a semi assassin with a code of morals and a set of criteria who gets blackmailed by someone who ignores her standards. Basically that's the book in a nutshell. But there is a whole story behind that that is very good. You actually don't find out who she is until almost the end of the book as there is another likely person that it could be. Kind of a surprise ending but a good one.
I do RECOMMEND this book and am on the fence about getting the next in the series only because of the narrator but will probably get it and listen to it at the faster speed.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Fixer story is set around a female psychologist named Lydia Corriger who is also a paid assassin. But she is willing to kill only those she investigates and determines really need killing. She is anonymous and referred to as the fixer. The fixer is actually a sympathetic and likable character. She was abused as a child and trying to help a patient she knew as a teen who was more seriously abused. The situation is unusual if not unique. I suspect the protagonist in the series will be Seattle police detective Morton Grant or maybe his journalist son. The Fixer is novel 1 in the six novel Justice Series. The 2nd novel in the series is titled Red Hot Fix and is available at Audible.
I doubted I would like this novel and was surprised to be drawn in so completely. The novel is well written and character development is excellent. Narration is quite good but a bit slow, but that is easily overcome by listening at higher speeds. Male voices are not handled well. by the narrator. Author T.E. (Teresa) Woods deserves credit for writing a very different but no less interesting suspense thriller. I do recommend The Fixer and I will listen to other novels in the series.
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I have been expanding my genre and have been disappointed in finding a compelling mystery, thriller. In this book, I found a story which met my criteria. The characters are well developed. Lydia, a renowned clinical psychologist with outstanding observational skills. She is beautiful as a makeup/hassle free kinda of woman and would be “gorgeous” if she made the effort. She is withdrawn and wounded while living with the sins of her past.
Mort is a good detective. He is a rarity with his honesty, love for his wife and enjoyment of the job. He enjoys working the Thursday New Yorker crossword puzzle at his favorite bar with his friend. He working partner is the forensic detective with a police dog. Through their years of experience, much of their communication is just by glances. But this is a man who waits every day for his daughter.
Mort and his son stumble upon a string of murders, which, in other circumstances could be called serial murders. Through journalist investigation, they found a common element in the killings, “Always for justice.” The question is who determines justice and what does it cost to bring justice.
Much of the action takes place within the academic community. When you are talking about grants, tenures, publishing, trustees and monetary donations, higher education can be the death of students and faculty.
The action is with the mental twist T. E. Woods provides in the reading. There are a few red herrings and enough characters to paint red. I had gone through a few before I got to the conclusion. When you think of killing for justice, we are looking at our criminal system. Many times, criminals are released due to payoffs, lost/stolen evidence or incompetence. Whatever the reason criminals, can walk the streets. Is a vigilante a murder or righting a wrong? Woods does not have a philosophical discussion, but she does write a gripping story of the Fixer trying to make corrections.
Other reviews mentioned the narration was slow. I did not find that an issue.
A very good book and I will follow the series.
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