For those of you who have read "Hawke" by Ted Bell, you know what an outstanding writer he is. In "Assassin", Alexander Hawke is searching for a terrorist assassin who is orchestrating the slayings of American diplomats.
Michael Connelly has been attracting fans by the droves with his hard-boiled, edgy thrillers. A former crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Connelly combines a poet's ear for language with a deep understanding of the criminal mind to create dark, dramatic stories that raise the thriller genre to a new level.
In Blood Work, Connelly introduces a new character, Terry McCaleb, who was a top man at the FBI until a heart ailment forced his early retirement. Now he lives a quiet life, nursing his new heart and restoring the boat on which he lives in Los Angeles Harbor. Although he isn't looking for any excitement, when Graciela Rivers asks him to investigate her sister Gloria's death, her story hooks him immediately: the new heart beating in McCaleb's chest is Gloria's.
As McCaleb investigates the evidence in the case, the suspected randomness of the crime gives way to an unsettling suspicion of a twisted intelligence behind the murder. Soon McCaleb finds himself on the trail of a killer more horrifying than anything he ever encountered before.
A terrorist is plotting the destruction of America. A Palestinian detective and his Israeli counterpart set out to prevent the plan from succeeding. They track the terrorist through three continents. Lots of surprising twists in the plot along the way.
A reclusive author, Beryl Madison, finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetti pieces together the intricate forensic evidence -while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.
Matthew Rey has been kidnapped. The guerrillas want three million dollars to release him. Matthew had bought kidnap insurance and the amount of coverage was three million dollars. Some how they knew that. How? The insurance company refuses to pay, claiming fraud on Nick Rey's part, but is that the real reason? Matthew is held in the jungle and he may or may not survive even if the ransom is paid. Nick meets obstacles every way he turns. The insurance company, the FBI, all seem to be against him. The book will hold your attention. You won't want to put it down. It has many twists and turns. If you like a good mystery that is full of suspense, you will like this book.
This is one of a series of stories by this writer about a Palestinian-American detective, Ben Kamal, and his Israeli counterpart, Danielle Barnea, working together to solve crimes in Israel. Well written.