by Andrew Gross
Review by Steve Sawicki
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061655951
Date: 01 May 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the third book by Andrew Gross featuring Ty Hauck. This time Hauck has left the Greenwich, Connecticut police department to work for a private security firm. The brutal murder of a woman, her investment broker husband and child, draws Hauck back to the crime scene though. His past friendship with the murdered woman driving him to dig deeper into what appears to be nothing more than a home invasion gone wrong.
At about the same time Hauck is given the task of investigating the boyfriend of the ex-wife of one of his new firm's clients as a favor. The guy, a jet setting playboy investment broker, has raised a few questions in the mind of his new flame and she would like some answers before things get too serious.
As Hauck pursues one investigation and pokes at the other things begin to look suspiciously connected. The death of a second investment broker in New York City seems too familiar to not be connected and Hauck adds that to the list of things to look into.
At the same time his personal life, which had been returning to something close to normal, begins to fall apart when the child of the woman he is dating comes under attack one night when he is accompanying Hauck to the practice of a hockey team that Hauck coaches. The arrival of a Department of Justice investigator brings home the reality that Hauck has once again opened a hornet's nest of trouble.
Gross takes his main character, Ty Hauck, in a new direction with this novel. Hauck is no longer a detective, although his ties to the Greenwich police department serve him well. Hauck is still troubled in his personal life, particularly in the girlfriend arena, as he seems to keep letting work get in the way of developing a deeper relationship with the women he is involved in. Gross plays these two factors against each other as well as raising Hauck's history of losing a child and his marriage, to add complications to the story line. The plot is also deeper and more complicated, moving into the international arena this time as Gross plays with the financial underpinnings of terrorism and how the right individuals in the right places can wreak a great deal of havoc, or take advantage of a situation to make a great deal of money.
This is a fun read and the Ty Hauck character is developing into one that is worth following. Gross does a great job with pacing, moving the plot along and keeping the suspense building as clues and connections are uncovered. This plot was a lot more complex than previous ones and may have suffered a bit from a few moments where you just think it's too much but it all works in the end and comes together for a satisfying conclusion. Recommended as a good read.