Finder's writing keeps the reader engaged from the first page on, and this book, Guilty Minds, is no exception. Nick's character is well developed, and his moral code is never in question. The additional characters in this book are interesting and, for the most part, likable. The reader wants to see a happily ever after ending for everyone, from the call-girl to Nick himself. The "bad guys" are realistically bad, and they give the reader a glimpse into the world of rogue cops and amoral people who deserve to spend their lives in prison.
Although the book does have its share of "shoot 'em up" scenes, Finder does not depend on violence alone to keep his reader engaged. Nick uses his brain much more frequently than his weapons, and his charm is evident in his dealings with his assistant, the call-girl and the reporter. Although we don't get extensive back stories on the several men he uses to help him, we realize that their admiration and loyalty to Nick is unwavering, and they will do all in their power to help him find the truth.
Joseph Finder began his career as a writer of thrillers in the early 1990's, and his books just keep getting better. His desire to be a spy is evident in the character of Nick Heller, who most certainly must be his alter ego. I hate getting to the epilogue of his books, because I know I have at least a year to wait for the next one. If you have never read Finder, you are in for a treat, and if you have read his books before, this is another winner.
Publisher - Dutton Publishing
Date of Publication - July 19, 2016