- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061827010
- ISBN-13: 978-0061827013
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bricklayer: A Novel Hardcover – January 26, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Boyd, a former FBI agent, fails to bring much convincing insider information to his debut, a routine thriller. FBI deputy assistant director Kate Bannon tracks down Steve Vail, a maverick FBI agent who left the bureau for a new life as a Chicago bricklayer, because she needs Vail's help in apprehending a criminal gang, the Rubaco Pentad, with a grudge against the FBI. The Pentad follows up the murder of L.A. reporter Connie Lysander, who wrote a story critical of the FBI, with ever-increasing demands for money from the bureau to forestall future killings and the setting of sophisticated death traps. When an agent disappears while making a payoff to the gang, he becomes a prime suspect, despite Vail's reservations. Predictable plot elements include the hero's incredible escapes from peril and the growing romantic bond between the laconic Vail and the attractive Bannon. The identity of the person behind the Pentad will surprise few. (Feb.)
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A mysterious organization calling itself the Rubaco Pentad is blackmailing the FBI. If the Pentad’s demands for money are not met, high-profile victims will die. Each demand is bigger than the last, and the drop-off instructions are lethally complicated—it’s almost as if the Pentad wants the FBI to fail. But when an agent disappears with the cash he’s carrying, he needs to be found, and fast. The FBI pins its hopes on former agent Steve Vail, who quit rather than compromise his rigid personal code and is now working as a bricklayer. Vail masters cryptic clues leading him to traps worthy of Rube Goldberg’s evil twin, but the logistical implausibilities won’t trouble most readers, who will root for the tough, intelligent Vail while savoring the sexual tension between him and his FBI handler. Boyd is said to be a pseudonym for a former FBI agent, and this fast-paced thriller includes many authentic-seeming details about the Bureau’s bureaucracy. But by creating a character who is allowed to operate outside the rules, the author’s inside knowledge seems like an opportunity missed. --Keir Graff
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The reader is also introduced to Assistant Director Kate Bannon, who accompanies Vail through the minefields of deceit, incompetence, jealousy, and poor judgment that seem to plague this case from the beginning. There are other FBI officials, who through their personal deficiencies, seem determined to get it wrong and who blame Vail and Bannon for pursuing their own agenda. FBI misdirection, and the cross purposes of the other public agencies that get involved, threaten to derail the investigation creating more bodies to pile up and massive amounts of money to disappear.
Vail is a super hero who has a sixth sense that allows him to escape the many traps set for him by an elusive murderer. There are booby-traps around every corner that Vail manages to foil and immensely physical acts he must perform to comply with the demands of the criminal who seems to have the FBI confused at every turn.
Strangely absent from this intense drama is obscene language and the only sexual activity is the brief mention of a dress being unbuttoned. That was a welcome relief to me, a well-known prude (not!), who has been somewhat distressed by all the blue activity in recent crime novels.
I strongly recommend this book for a good read and eye-opening look at a talented writer’s skill. The passing of Noah Boyd (Lindsey) has created a huge void in the ranks of highly proficient crime novelists.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
This is a rather lighthearted crime story, although not specifically humorous. A fun read for a rainy afternoon.