"The Knowland Retribution" is an well-written, innovative, intelligent, fascinating thriller. But don't listen to it if you want to continue eating m..Show More »eat. If the description of beef slaughtering doesn't convert you to vegetarianism, then you must be missing a vital organ: a heart. In fact, this novel concerns itself more with corporate greed than with animal rights or dietary wisdom. It tells the story of a man whose entire family is wiped out by E. coli contamination of their beef. When the man, Leonard Martin, discovers that corporate greed both caused and concealed the contamination that killed hundreds of people, he sets out to achieve retribution. Richard Greener ??? the author of "The Knowland Retribution" ??? introduces an unusual protagonist in the person of Walter Sherman, known as The Locator. The action unfolds like an intriguing jigsaw puzzle, in time, geography, and story line. Marc Vietor, the narrator, has a nice voice, and does a good job of enhancing this audiobook. I recommend "The Knowland Retribution" to all thriller-lovers who appreciate intricacy, intelligence, and intrigue in their audiobooks.
You will enjoy "The Lacey Confession" a lot more if you listen to its prequel, "The Knowland Retribution," first. Our author, Richard Greener, does a..Show More » good job filling in the backstory, for those who haven't read his previous work; but he creates such complex, intricate plots and characters that a brief summary must leave out a lot of the richness. This time out, our hero ??? Walter Sherman, A.K.A. "The Locator" ??? succumbs, against his better judgement, to the pleas of a beautiful woman; and tumbles into a web of intrigue and deception. Like all good authors, Mr. Greener writes about what he knows ??? and he knows a lot: not just about current events, history, politics, and geography, but also ??? as a heart-transplant recipient ??? about having a heart attack. Our 60-year-old protagonist, Walter Sherman, suffers one in the midst of his quest; and Greener, without subjecting us to the gory details, takes us through Sherman's collapse and subsequent recovery from triple-bypass surgery. Unlike many other indestructible thriller heros, Walter Sherman ??? despite his toughness and his wily street-smarts ??? has a vulnerable heart, in both the metaphorical sense and the biological sense. Sherman patronizes a neighborhood bar called "Billy Smith's" on the tiny Virgin Island of St. John. Like in Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series, the bar ??? along with its "regulars" ??? provides an anchor, touchstone, comic relief, and pause-for-breath in the story. We come to love the "regulars," and long to visit the island. I hope that Mr. Greener's new heart will allow him to continue providing us with more adventures of The Locator; and, as far as I'm concerned, Marc Vietor can go on narrating them.