Steve Vail

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 256 ratings

The Bricklayer Publisher's Summary

Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail...and there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer.

The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex-FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable - and more deadly - by the hour.

A woman steps out of the shower in her Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen with fear by what he has to say about the FBI - and what he says he must do.

A young agent slips into the night water off a rocky beach. He's been instructed to swim to a nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than collect the money.

Vail has resigned himself to his dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer. But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated a brilliant extortion plot. The group will keep killing their targets until the agency pays them off, the amount and number of bodies escalating each time the FBI fails. One thing is clear: someone who knows a little too much about the inner workings of the Bureau is very clever - and very angry - and will kill and kill again if it means he can disgrace the FBI. Steve Vail's options - and his time to find answers - are swiftly running out.

Noah Boyd's The Bricklayer is written with the bracing authenticity only someone who has been a crack FBI investigator can provide. And in this masterful debut, Boyd has created a mind-bending maze of clues and traps inside a nonstop thrill ride that is sure to leave ...

©2010 Noah Boyd (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • The Bricklayer

    • A Novel
    • By: Noah Boyd
    • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail...and there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer. The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex-FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable - and more deadly - by the hour.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just silly

    • By Jami E. Nettles on 04-22-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • Agent X

    • A Novel
    • By: Noah Boyd
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times best-selling debut The Bricklayer.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Story had potential, but I could not finish it.

    • By David on 01-19-14
    • A Novel
    • By: Noah Boyd
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 02-08-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Last Chance to Die

    • By: Noah Boyd
    • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Calculus, a Russian intelligence officer, approaches the FBI claiming he knows of several Americans who are supplying information to Russia. But when Calculus is recalled to Moscow, the Bureau suspects the worst. The race is on to track down the informants, and Steve Vail is the ideal candidate for this kind of stealth mission. But it soon becomes clear that this mission won’t be easy. In fact, it could be downright deadly….

    Regular price: $17.95