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- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508624771
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- Publisher: David Grace (February 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U0N33PQ
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Like other classic writers of this genre – Ed Bane of “87th Precinct” fame comes to mind – Grace knows how to write a gripping tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the opening page to the final period.
Using a clever hook – putting us into the brain of one of two mopes who stick up a convenience store with automatic assault rifles – Grace pulls you into the story and keeps you there. Like an elevator heading for the penthouse, you climb from point to point swiftly as the author cleverly introduces new characters and moves you further into the story.
Effortlessly, Grace pushes you into Homeland Security Investigator Greg Kane's life. It is a life that we enter when the convenience store stick-up blows up on the two perps. At the time of the holdup, Greg is still a Baltimore detective. He and his partner Ralph Amoroso foil the robbery, taking out the two perps who spray volumes of lead into the air. Two of those slugs hit Ralph, who goes down hard, and Greg, who miraculously survives a head wound.
The wound changes Kane. Already a brilliant investigator, Greg gains a new clarity and an enhanced ability to look at problems, but the cost is high as he loses his wife and his job. The new Kane is opinionated, cocksure of himself and has little patience for others. Though he gains a new job as an investigator in the Department of Homeland Security, Kane rubs everyone he meets the wrong way and ultimately he is assigned a handler to make sure he doesn't get into trouble. Unfortunately, his partner (aka handler) Grant Eustace is a go-getter with nothing on the ball, except extreme “street smarts.”
Eustace is trying to advance his career by pulling himself into a case involving threats to a Supreme Court justice. He figures a way to horn in to the case, using some advice from Kane. However, rather than earning a great career advancement, Eustace only earns a body bag and leaves Kane a huge mess to clean up.
That mess is the fascinating tale that lies behind “Death Never Lies.” In crafting this tale, Grace shows himself to be every bit the equal of any crime writer that I have read.
Because the theme seems so black and white, many people miss the many nuances that writers like Grace create, assuming these novels to be little more than “bang, bang, shoot-em-ups.” However, if you look at the careful plotting, the careful characterization, the carefully sculpted language, you will see an acutely complex novel that enables you to live the lives of the leading character. It is as if you are one of the characters the author has created.
Grace has masterfully written a gripping novel that grabs hold of you and keeps you within its pages until the satisfying denouement. What is that point? I'll let you find out yourself.
What I did love was Grace's real grasp on high-octane action descriptions, which is largely why this book got four stars, and almost pulled out a fifth. From the very first scene, bullets whizzing and head shots within three pages was enough to get my heart pumping and my fingers flipping pages. I was impressed by the energy of the writing, as well as certain turns of phrase that seemed as if they belonged in a Bond film rather than a detective novel written in the 21st century. All in all, I will likely check out some of Grace's novels, as he clearly is talented, and perhaps I am just a bit jaded. An enjoyable romp of unlikely villains and spiraling, wild plot turns, but not a bad way to spend a few afternoons that will surely stretch into evenings.
Getting in touch with Homeland Security Agent, Greg Kane would certainly help. Greg, the main protagonist in David Grace’s new suspense thriller, Death Never Lies, is charged with the job of finding and stopping malcontents who want to wreak havoc on society.
A former Homicide Detective, Kane, in a shootout in which his partner died was clipped by a bullet. The subsequent mild brain injury he suffered produced in him: a higher degree of investigative perception and a lower degree of tolerance for workplace associates.
A powerhouse crime solver, Kane is unable to find a new partner because of his anti-social attitude. He is asked by the powers-that-be to report for work someplace else.
He joins Homeland Security and is partnered with Grant Eustace, a guy with an ego as big as Texas and a brain the size of a pea. Kane, frustrated by his partner’s attention seeking style gets the investigating done, leaving the paperwork to Eustace.
Writer, David Grace does dialogue and character sketches really well; Kane’s terse conversations with and thoughts about ‘Useless’ (his name for Eustace) are funny and right on the money for a guy who not only doesn’t suffer fools gladly, doesn’t suffer them at all.
There are two story strands in this classy fast paced thriller: the disappearance of an HHS director who was about to issue a new list of prohibited chemicals and the coercion of a Supreme Court Judge with a view to altering his vote in a review of legislation which affects US gun laws.
Agent Kane is contacted by a friend who requests him to investigate the lack of communication by Health and Human Services, Deputy Director Brownstein. Scheduled to review a list of biological agents and toxins to either ban or pass their usage, Brownstein isn’t answering his phone or anything else. Kane gets involved and decides that the Deputy Director has probably been murdered to stop the items up for review being added to the HHS list of hazardous chemicals.
Without a clue as to which of the chemicals on the list might provide a lead to Brownstein’s disappearance or why the importation and sale would be important enough to demand his possible homicide, Kane plunges headfirst into the investigation. He discovers a more than likely link between a cold case: the escape of a federal prisoner two years ago and Brownstein’s no-show.
Kane’s nephew and another officer were transporting the dangerous prisoner when all three vanished. Kane is sure the prisoner, head honcho of an underground terrorist cell, organised his escape – the deaths of the officers, part of the plan. The fate of his nephew, an on-going heartache, Kane’s determined to find how the two cases intersect and solve the mystery behind all the disappearances.
Meanwhile, partner Eustace, thinks that finding leads for the FBI in their investigation of a threat to harm a Supreme Court Judge will improve his chances of promotion. He asks Kane how to go about this. Kane, relieved he can get rid of ‘Useless’ for a while tells him to look into the security risk posed by the judge’s daughter, a former drug user. Eustace sets up surveillance on the daughter but alas, his dreams of promotion don’t come to fruition.
Kane lucks onto an affair with a hot babe who like himself has a flawed past but who cares? The sex is great and nothing or no one is forever. The meets between Kane and the woman who just might turn out to be a soul-mate are well written – the dialogue appropriate, the description steamy.
Kane gets seconded to the FBI to continue Eustace’s aborted investigation. His two investigations intertwine and the heat is on – the story pace increases to can’t-put-down got-to-know-what-happens level as in a hugely exciting conclusion Greg Kane puts his life on the line to make sure the bad guys get what’s coming to them and lay to rest the fate of his nephew and Director Brownstein.
Death Never Lies, David Grace’s fifteenth novel, is great for holiday or any time reading; I liked it a lot.