Synopses & Reviews
Thurlo’s third Charlie Henry mystery the first not to be written with his wife Aimée Thurlo (1951–2014) falls short of the standard set by the first two books in the series The Pawnbroker and Grave Consequences. Charlie and his friend Gordon Sweeny who own a pawnshop in Albuquerque N.Mex. are enjoying a barbecue in the backyard of police sergeant Nancy Medina and Nancy’s life partner attorney Gina Sinclair when they hear a gunshot. A moment later Margaret Randal a neighbor of Nancy and Gina’s climbs over their wall. A bleeding Margaret says that three men are taking her husband Sam. Gordon Charlie Nancy and Gina proceed to foil the kidnappers but they have plenty of questions in the aftermath. Why is Sam a construction firm owner a target? Was burglary really the motive? Why are Charlie and Gordon now in danger? Satisfying action sequences make up only in part for some awkward dialogue and plotting. Agent: Peter Rubie Fine Print Literary Management. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Charlie Henry and his friends are enjoying a cookout on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. But when a gunshot rings out in the neighborhood, Charlie is abruptly brought back to a world he's all too familiar with.
As he and best friend Gordon run to the source of the shot, they happen upon two masked intruders in their next-door neighbor's house. The men seem to be there to kidnap Sam Randall, the owner of the home, but upon the interruption from Charlie and Gordon, they abandon their mark and get away in a waiting van outside.
Detective DuPree has been investigating a string of similar home invasions in the area, but this one seems out of the ordinary. Sam Randall hires Charlie and Gordon to investigate the crime, not trusting the police to keep him and his wife safe. Detective Dupree warns Charlie and Gordon not to overstep their bounds in police business, but he needs all the help he can get. The investigation reveals Ray Geiger, son of retired NYPD cop Frank Geiger, as the prime suspect. As the simple home invasion case continues to turn into something more, it is up to Charlie and Gordon to protect the Randall's and themselves as they attempt to uncover the truth.