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Not as strong as his earlier books
on 30 June 2011
I have read four Finder novels previously and rated them all highly. I can't help but feel that we experience "the fade" with this one though.
A girl is kidnapped and buried underground in the countryside. The girl's father, a billionaire, enlists the support of his friend Nick Heller, a former veteran who is now an investigator, to find her.
This sort of stuff has all been done before so I was waiting for something special to make it all click for me. There is pace and tension so I had no trouble turning the pages as we move to a very predictable close. The book will not win any literary prizes and the characterisations are all a bit shallow, with the protagonist's perhaps excepted.
At times, I felt Finder thought he would write about the mechanics of the kidnapping and the hunt and only work out the explanation for the kidnapping towards the end. He does deliver a scenario, but it is quite weak and quite a few questions are left unanswered. I also had trouble accepting all the connections Heller seemed to have for each problem which surfaced - including being able to place a direct call to a Minister in a small foreign government to have him lean on a bank to pretend that a very significant transfer of money had been made to an account. In other words, too much of the far-fetched stuff. A genuine twist or two may also have helped in developing the intrigue, but sadly there isn't a great deal of complexity in the plot.
Sorry, but although this is a page-turner, I just didn't feel Finder met his earlier standards here. 7/10