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The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, Bk 1)
The Bricklayer - Steve Vail, Bk 1
Author: Noah Boyd
Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail. . . . And there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer. — The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061827020
ISBN-10: 0061827029
Publication Date: 9/1/2010
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, Bk 1) on + 67 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in ages. The Bricklayer is an FBI caper that is plotted carefully and well written. It has no foul language that I can recall, and that is a mark of a good writerone who has the vocabulary to tell a tale without a steady stream of obscenities. Further, the dialogue is clever and reminds of books and movies of the 50s where nuance and suggestion take the place of graphic details of sex. Another real plus, the storyline is excellent, probably because the author is ex-FBI and is thus aware of the inner-workings and the bureaucracy of the agency.

The FBI is, as might be expected, stumbling around an extortion plot in which they are being extorted!! A former agent (now a bricklayer) is called back duty to catch the extortionists. He is a maverick, fired because he did his job rather than follow orders. He is a true anti-hero who excels as a superhero, reading the clues, chasing all the leads, and solving the issues to the pleasure of the Director of the FBI and the consternation to the bureaucrats in between the two. The author was an FBI agent for twenty or more years, now dividing his time between working cold cases and writing. I have already put Boyds next book on my wish list.
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pkidd avatar reviewed The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Surprisingly good. Very well written with well drawn characters. The Bricklayer (the lead character) is a real charmer. I would definitely recommend this novel for anyone who likes fast-moving, smart, funny, well-thought-out plots and nifty characters. There is a high death rate, however, typical of this genre.
reviewed The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Excellent, engaging.
pwp7669 avatar reviewed The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, Bk 1) on
Outstanding characters and excellent plot line. I'd say that Noah Boyd is in the same league as Lee Child and his Reacher series. Unfortunately The Bricklayer is Boyd's first novel, so I'll just have to wait for the next one to be published.


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