Good story, well-written. holds your interest. Good book.
Not a Lincoln Rhime character and lots of profanity
A good story, I thought, but not as riveting as his more recent novels.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic backwater town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming Bonnie and Clyde-style film. But after real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralyzed, he's more sought after than the Barrow Gang. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just minutes before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him. Trapped in a town full of sinister secrets and deadly deceptions, Pellam fears that death will imitate art, as the film shootand his liferace toward a breathtakingly bloody climax.
Movie location scout John Pellam is working in Maddox, Mo., when he goes out for a case of beer. This innocuous outing lands him in big trouble when his beer collides with the door of a parked car whose occupants subsequently commit a rubout. Next thing he knows, Pellam finds himself being pursued by the killers, who fear Pellam can identify them; by the local police, because a cop was shot during the rub-out; and by the FBI, who think the murder was related to a racketeering case. Vincent Gaudia, the man who was killed, had turned witness against his boss, Peter Crimmins, who is wanted on RICO charges. The official bag of tricks used by the feds and police against Pellam includes interrogation, threats of prosecution on false charges, disruption of Pellam's life and business and hints that the film he's working on could be shut down. Jefferies ( Shallow Graves ) adds a twist that gives Pellam the last laugh while he makes his point about the baseness of the so-called good guys. Although the book works technically, reading a tale so replete with unpleasantness is still no picnic.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
I love Jeffrey Deaver! All his books are wonderful so I know you will love this one
Hollywood location scout John Pellum thought the scenic back-water town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming Bonnie and Clyde-style film. But after real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralyzed, he's more sought after than the Barrow Gang. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just minutes before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him...
A little slow for a Jeffrey Deaver novel. Still a quick read and intriguing story.
Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic back-water town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming Bonnie&Clyde style film. But Problems are on the horizon.
Not the best of Deaver's stories, but being a huge fan, picked this one up and had to give it a try. An okay story -- but a far cry from his best sellers.
This would have been better if it didn't keep jumping back and forth in time. I'm not a big fan of that type of story. On the whole story could have done without all the, what I felt was, gratuitous sex.
More great Deaver reading. This one moves quickly and holds your attention.
John Pellam, site locator for the movies, ends up in a small town in Missouri. He thinks it would be great for Bonnie and Clyde, but real bullets being to fly. He is right in the middle, the FBI and police want him to talk and the mob wants him dead. What at thriller
Death imitates art. Hard luck, the bottle and a prison stretch ended John Pellam's promising directorial career - and now the ex-Hollywood insider has been exiled to God's County. But while scouting out film locations for a "Bonnie and Clyde" style shoot-'em-up in a dying town called Maddox, Missouri, he gets perilously close to a real life reiverfront rub-out - and finds himself neck-deep in a plot more lurid and deadly than any celluloid scenario.
With the feds on his case and the mob on his tail, Pellam's a player whether he likes it or not - case in a lethal small-town drama of dirty doings and sinsister secrets. And if he doesn't act before the bloody final reel, he'll be written out of the script... permanently.
Here is his trademark "ticking-bomb suspense" (People) explodes off the page in another heart-stopping thriller