by Fred Lichtenberg
Review by Mel Jacob
CreateSpace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781477642962
Date: 19 June 2012 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Nasty hit men and corrupt police leave mayhem and gore in their wake as they seek to recover stolen diamonds. They eliminate anyone in the way. Unfortunately, for Florida police detective Charlie Quinn, a twin brother he didn't know he had is in the middle of the mess and the nasties want him.
Charlie is desolate after his fiancé Regina cancels their engagement. He goes on a bender and tries to commit suicide. Now he risks losing his job.
Following an interview with the psychologist assessing his ability to work, an encounter in a parking lot with a couple arguing brings him face-to-face with a man who could be his twin. His intervention ends with his car damaged and Charlie determined to find out more. His search takes him to New York.
When the man Charlie seeks dies, he learns his twin has collaborated with a mob accountant to steal diamonds belonging to a crime boss who wants them back. The crooks assume Charlie is his brother and demand the diamonds.
Charlie struggles with his identity and past as well as keeping ahead of the boss’s henchman. His biggest problem is who to trust? He attracts plenty of women, more than enough to take his mind off the faithless Regina, but has difficulty choosing one. His amorous success reminds one of James Bond.
Charlie only wants to return the diamonds to the crime boss. He wants no ill-gotten gains, but others also want the diamonds and will kill to get them. The number of dead grows as Charlie travels from New York to Florida, to Las Vegas, and on to Cancun. A treasure hunt at night in Chichen Itza adds to the excitement.
Lichtenberg offers a convoluted tale with sufficient twists to keep the pages turning. However, Charlie always scrapes by as he struggles to sort out both his personal life and that of his dead twin. At times, Charlie's daring do strains credibility as does the advice of his therapist who accepts his weird tale.