First, this is actually a 3.5 rating.
About the book:
The story opens with Maggie fetching her fifteen year old brother from prison, a brother she never believed was innocent of the hacking charge laid against him. Her father is falling into severe Alzheimer's, her stepmother whom she loved died, and her own mother is off into the wind, leaving young Maggie with the world on her shoulders. Then, when Maggie and Pete get home, they realize their father left the house after the neighbor's last welfare check on him. Frantic, they search for their father, Martin, only to come across a dead body on the beach. Worried, they make their way home only to find the neighbors surrounding their bushes where they finally discover their father. He is disoriented - and holding the bloody murder weapon!
While Maggie is dealing with her brother and father, a large group of investors out for blood are meeting across town with Kurt Meyers, the man hired to find their lost money. The man responsible for the scheme that stole these investors' savings, Patty O'Mara, is under house arrest but he isn't saying anything about the money. But these investors aren't the only ones interested in answers. The head of the local Russian mob is looking for his investments as well and makes threats against Kurt, demanding Kurt keep him informed under threat of his life.
When a new man, another Russian, moves in across the street and shows interest in Maggie, she thinks her luck is finally turning. Until, that is, she discovers the Russian mob is interested in her family. Who can she trust? Her brother she never believed? Her father who almost never has a lucid moment? The honey of a man who might be with the mob? Or the man trying to locate the stolen money?
I enjoyed this book very much. The story started a little slow, even though there is plenty of action in the beginning. Still, the writing is good and the story winds together into a tight package well worth reading. Slowly the pieces slip together. Sometimes I thought I knew exactly how the story would turn out only to find another piece not fitting in my theory. But later, the piece fit right into the puzzle perfectly.
This is not a who done it, since we know from the beginning who killed the man on the beach. It is a where is it, as in where did the money go since the investors don't know and the man who took it acts as if he doesn't know.
I liked the way Hanson plays with the lost money, teasing us with theories and leads. Even toward the end of the story, I couldn't believe where the trail was leading. The twist is quite nice.