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The Dark Tide (Ty Hauck Series) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2009
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Gross, who's partnered with James Patterson on a number of bestsellers (Lifeguard, etc.), mixes murder, suspense, sex and romance as capably as his mentor in his assured second solo thriller (after The Blue Zone). Charles Friedman, a New York hedge fund trader, perishes in a bombing at Grand Central Station that destroys the railroad car in which he was riding one morning from his home in Greenwich, Conn. Ty Hauck, head of the Greenwich police's violent crime unit, enters the picture when a hit-and-run victim turns out to have a vague connection to Friedman. Soon, Friedman's widow and her kids are threatened by men searching for vast sums of money her late husband never earned. The stakes rise as Hauck's involvement shifts from professional to personal. While the reader will occasionally see the next drop, tunnel or curve looming far ahead, the roller-coaster thrills are still there in abundance. (Mar.)
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The second solo novel from frequent James Patterson cowriter Gross is much better than his first. This one begins with a bang, as a bomb explodes in a commuter train station, killing several people, including New York City hedge-fund manager Charles Friedman. At roughly the same time, a suspicious auto accident kills a young man in Greenwich, Connecticut. The detective on that case, Ty Hauck, soon discovers an odd connection between the hit-and-run and the bombing. He investigates and discovers that Charles Friedman was not the man he appeared to be. He also forges a connection with the dead man’s wife, Karen, that leads him into uncharted waters. This is a tightly written corporate-style thriller very much in the mold of Joseph Finder, with a likable protagonist and a story that combines traditional thriller elements with a more gentle, emotional subplot. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I found the story engaging, the characters likable and/or despicable - where appropriate - and the mystery itself just-rightly-veiled. Unlike other mysteries I didn't get to the end and wonder how the heck I was supposed to have arrived at that conclusion or what universe the author had been residing in to reach that end. The clues were doled out in a fairly mysterious fashion with just enough hint that those "ah-ha!" moments rang true later on.
And yes, in obsessive, mystery reader style, I stayed up too late on a few occasions just to read "a little bit more". Recommended!
As the days pass there is the sense of something not quite right. Therein is the story. Read it and enjoy.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Mr. Gross' book was impossible to put down. Well written, detailed characterizations and protagonists to root for plus a love story, non-stop action and many plot twists to keep you turning pages.
As an author myself, I look for reasons to put a book down, in other words, I am a critical reviewer, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark Tide.
Charles and Karen Friedman live a comfortable upscale live in Greenwich, Connecticut. They've been married nearly twenty years, have two teenage children, a second house in Vermont and an envious lifestyle. Charles ("Charlie") appears to be a successful investment banker, a devoted dad and husband, and well thought of by his associates and neighbors. However, as the story opens, we learn Charlie has made some risky gambles and faces tough decisions about his business, unbeknownst to his wife and family.
Then tragedy strikes and Charlie's commuter train is bombed at Grand Central Station. Karen must learn to live without her husband. She manages for a year, and then little things begin to happen. The Greenwich detective who helped her in the early awful days after Charlie's death discovers some discrepancies in some details that link Charlie to another homicide on the day he died. As Karen and Detective Ty Hauck begin to piece things together, another plot twist reveals that Karen's husband may still be alive.
As bits of information pile up, Hauck is convinced the hit and run death he investigated ties into Charlie somehow and that a much more sinister operation is being carried out. Meanwhile, Ty and Karen discover a mutual attraction, and Ty offers to help Karen find her husband.
To say more would spoil the excellent plot, so I'll simply state that the action is fast-paced and compelling, and not at all predictable.
Gross' story deserves two thumbs way, way up.