Sam Capra, former CIA operative, is enjoying life as a bar owner in Coconut Grove when a spook from his past appears—and is promptly killed. Sam befriends the dead man’s client, the beautiful Cordelia, as the first step in avenging the murder. They move through Miami’s gangster-tinged nightlife, and Sam learns why Cordelia needed protection. She’s a member of a particularly cruel crime family. Sam gets invited to their San Juan estate, and the novel becomes a long family dinner, with semi-senile Dad, quarreling brothers, a bitter half sister, and more. Readers who believe crime originates in family pathology might like this development. Others will shudder when they see there are 200 pages to go. But the plot shapes up into chases, fights, and betrayals, allowing time for readers to notice that the father is named Reyes (i.e., King), his adviser is Kent, the snarky daughter is Cordelia, and the banished brother is Edwin. Subtext or in-joke? Whichever, it’s another slowing device in a narrative that reveals its secrets at its own pace. Not up to the standard of Abbott’s previous high-energy thrillers, but entertaining all the same. --Don Crinklaw
"One of the best ongoing series in the thriller genre. Readers will be hooked from the start...INSIDE MAN jumps into the action right away, and the last 100 pages are downright terrifying. Abbott has a gift for creating great character-driven thrillers, and readers will clamor for more, especially given the cliffhanger ending."—Associated Press
"Thriller Award-winner Abbott draws on Shakespeare's King Lear for his outstanding fourth Sam Capra novel...Abbott injects enough of Sam's back story to make his intricate plot believable, judiciously spices his tale with tasteful but usually interrupted romance, and convincingly makes Sam a genuine contemporary 'chevalier.'"—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"INSIDE MAN is a tightly controlled roller coaster of a narrative, goosing the reader forward with almost every paragraph."—Austin Chronicle
"Abbott's Sam Capra series represents some of the finest writing on the market, and the fact that it's squarely in the thriller genre-which means the story is fast and intense, and the stakes are stratospheric-makes Abbott one of the best writers out there, as his "who's who" string of awards (Edgar, Thriller, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity) can attest to...With dead friends, mysterious women, snappy dialogue and clever twists, this is stellar work from an accomplished, sophisticated writer at the top of his game."
—J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall
"Lots of action and plot twists make this a literary roller coaster."—USA Today
"Exciting and imaginative, full of action and intrigue. Abbott's writing raises the pulse, taking readers on a wild adventure."—Free-Lance Star