Published: 9 September 2013
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies
Thomas March Quinter, 44, is a Cleveland trial lawyer with a love for the law and a thirst for justice. Not long after leaving the safety of one of Cleveland’s white shoe law firms to set up his own shop, he’s approached by a former college classmate, David Bordman, an increasingly mysterious figure whose background since their days at Princeton includes the Navy, the CIA, and the U.S. State Department. Now Bordman offers Quinter a job complete with international travel, adventure and generous pay. The offer extends to Jennifer Milleux, Quinter’s secretary, as well. Soon the pair embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. The picture darkens quickly as events spin out of control. In the United Sates, offices are ransacked, murder strikes, and clear Middle-Eastern connections are made apparent. Internationally, attacks and abductions are standard fare as Quinter and Jennifer pool their efforts to resolve increasingly complicated and threatening questions. Their quest becomes even more difficult as Quinter and Jennifer find themselves labelled suspected killers, and become the objects of a nationwide manhunt. Will they be able to clear their names while simultaneously discovering the reasons for the violence surrounding them? Quinter is determined to do so. His first task, however, will be to keep Jennifer and himself alive.
While I enjoyed this story, I found it to be very difficult to read in parts, and found myself re-reading passages to fully comprehend who was doing what to whom.
While I don't think this was because the story was poorly written, it was more to do with the fact that there was so much happening in the story line it was hard to keep track of everybody.
The author has been able to paint wonderful descriptions, that at times had me drifting away to places unknown, imagining I am seated near the fountain watching the passing parade.
The underlying plot in this story is very believable and has just the right amount of momentum to keep it moving forward.
This is the debut novel for this author, and I am looking forward to reading more of his work. I believe it will only develop further.