Summary (from Goodreads): New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons–the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. Shocked and shaken, he doesn’t realize that he’s accidentally captured a key piece of evidence. Ensnared in the city’s most sensational crime in years, Nick investigates for a story of his own. Back off–or die–is the clear message as he closes in on the facts. Heedless, and perhaps in love, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
My Thoughts: Believe it or not, this was my very first James Patterson book! I have heard about him many, many times but never actually read any of his books. I’m guessing that most of his books are better than this one. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t all that good. The plot moved quickly, and I was able to read this in an afternoon/evening. With this in first-person when covering Nick Daniels, there was little suspense regarding how he would fare. In what could’ve been suspenseful moments, it was too easy to remind myself that he couldn’t have died, or it wouldn’t be in first person. That said, I did like the occasional third-person view of what was going on elsewhere.
Am I glad I read this? Eh. Sure. I’m not sorry I did. Will I read it again? No. I don’t see a need to. While, yes, there were some surprising plot twists, there wasn’t anything shocking. There’s nothing that makes me want to read it again to see if I missed any clues.
If you’re like me and you’ve never read James Patterson, don’t start with this one. Choose one of the Alex Cross books, as I hear those are really good.
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars Note: On Goodreads it’s actually 3 stars, because half stars aren’t possible on there.
Source: Received through Crazy Book Tours for review.
This review is part of Book Review Party Wednesday.
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