Nick Heller is a reoccurring protagonist in several of Finder’s books. He is definitely the heroic figure, with a military background and a penchant for the moral high ground. This novel opens with the death of his good friend, Sean, a man who saved his life. Sean was killed by a drug overdose. He had been addicted to opioids after returning home wounded from war.
Nick is approached at the funeral by Sukie Kimball, daughter of a pharmaceutical kingpin, whose company sells opioids even though her father is well aware of the dangers and buries the evidence. She hires Nick to find the evidence and help her expose her father and the company.
This is actually a bit of a family dynasty story as well as a thriller. There is the domineering father and his foreign fiancé and the spoiled children who are more interested in money than each other. Finding out who the “bad guy” really is puts Nick in constant danger, a place with which he is quite familiar, and his developing relationship with Sukie doesn’t make things easier.
House on Fire is a great read for the new year, and my only disappointment is having to wait another year for his next book.
Publisher - Dutton
Date of Publication - January 21, 2020