Jake completes his assignment and returns home to Florida with Kathleen, only to find out that he was set up, and he killed the wrong man. Many questions need answering. Did Cardinal Antinori use Jake to commit suicide, and if so, why? Did the actual assassin, Paretsky, set him up, and how did he know what was about to happen? How does Renee Lambert, a missing woman seen in a photograph with Paretsky, fit into the picture?
Jake is a strong character who makes us like him despite the profession that encourages him to kill and the mistake that caused a genuine Cardinal's death. Author Lane does a great job showing us the many sides of this man, from his obvious background in literature to his vulnerability with Kathleen, the reader sees a many dimensional protagonist. When he confesses to Kathleen and watches her walk away, we want her to come back to him.
The characters who work to help Jake in his quest for answers are quirky and fun to get to know. He uses young street punks, neighbors and strangers to track down the answers he needs to finish his assignment. I loved Lane's descriptions of Florida and found myself picturing the bars and beaches he frequented as he searched for clues. Each chapter brings the excitement we want to find in a thriller, and I found myself being drawn back to the book in my desire to see how it all worked out.
Publisher - Mason Alley Publishing Company
Date of Publication - August 4, 2015