, November 14, 2012
(view all comments by Suzanne Oxford)
This is my first time to read Darian North. I was pleasantly surprised and drawn into his convoluted tale. At first it started as dull and almost boring. Thankfully, I kept on reading. This is one of the best suspense and legal thrillers I have ever read. I had never heard of this author before and almost did not read the book. What got my interest was seeing that Nelson DeMille gave his novel a great review. I love DeMille's work so why not get going here.
Owen Byrne is a farmer from Kansas, a want-to-be-writer who is down on his luck. But then the call comes through from his agent, Bernie which is a turning point in his life. This puts into motion a trip to New York and onto a sensational murder trial of an exotic mysterious woman. He is intrigued by this woman and in his desire to learn more about the famous artist, Bram who was murdered, he is swept into the private and surreal world of Bram Serian. From there the plot twists and turns, with the reader never knowing exactly who Lenore is and where did she come from.
The author is very talented and skilled at creating characters who keep your interest. Along with the main characters, he throws in reporters and local natives who give their uptake on the events. North describes the court room, Manhattan, Grand Central Station and Arcadia, so we know exactly what these places look like. Owen is probably shocked to find out why Bram left his home in Kansas and the fact that he even changed his identity, cutting all ties with his former life.
This is truly a thrilling and suspenseful novel. It is hard to put it down as you watch Owen following the clues, trying to put this puzzle together.