Plenty of twists

October 14, 2010

Reckless, by Andrew Gross (HarperCollins, RRP $38.99):

With its fast pace and gritty feel, the third Ty Hauck novel is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Private security investigator Hauck is blown away by the news that an old friend form his past has been murdered along with her husband and daughter.

As he sets out to hunt for the killer of his friend and her family, he ends up stepping into the middle of a sinister conspiracy that could have worldwide impact.

Once again, the author pulls the story along at a cracking pace and manages to chuck in enough surprises and twists to keep you on your toes.

There are plenty of books featuring world-weary cops/detectives/heroes who have troubled pasts and muscles of steel. Hauck is most of those things but there’s no feeling of cliche, perhaps because he is also very human with believable flaws and the occasional bit of self-doubt.

Master of the fast-paced novel James Patterson says Reckless “is a sexy-as-hell thriller and Andrew Gross’s best”.

I reckon he’s right.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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