- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus Books (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749930489
- ISBN-13: 978-0749930486
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,895,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak is still having trouble dealing with the death of his best friend at the end of Keeper, Greg Rucka's well-received first thriller. So, in this exciting and suprisingly moving sequel, he takes a job as a bouncer at a New York club called The Strap, which caters to the bondage trade. But when the 15-year-old daughter of his former colonel turns up at the club and is menaced by a tough Brit who happens to be an SAS commando, Atticus quickly finds himself back in the action. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Atticus Kodiak, once an army-trained bodyguard and now a bouncer in a New York sex club, saves Erika, the daughter of his profane army commander, from a kidnapping by the SAS (the British equivalent of SEALS). Enlisting friends from a professional bodyguard agency, Kodiak sets up a "safe house" for Erika?just in time. A shoot-out in midtown Manhattan in which Atticus is wounded, and not for the last time, is the first in a series of violent episodes. When Erika runs away, the plot churns faster. Rucka (Keeper, LJ 5/1/96) has written a suspenseful story with powerful surprises. A sentence here and there goes clunk, and one key plot twist doesn't quite make sense, but if you can handle the blood and the violence, Finder pulls you to a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for mature readers.?Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals, Framingham, Mass.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, Rucka earns a suspension of disbelief because he's so good at developing his characters. If there's one flaw, it's the same problem KEEPER had, with New York City feeling a little too sterile. The names and places are all correct but there's a certain something missing, that something that Block does so well in making the City a living, breathing character as opposed to simply a backdrop.
All in all, another strong, if flawed, outing and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
I purchased this book and Mr. Rucka's previous Atticus Kodiak novel "Keeper" largely due to the reviews here on Amazon. Unfortunately, the reliability of Amazon as a source was less, in this case, than has previously been my experience.
It's not that this is a terrible book, but it certainly isn't great, or even very good. The dialogue is frequently perfunctory, and often unbelievable. Most of the characters are shallowly drawn, and many of the minor players are actually more developed than the central cast. Too often the only reason for a character's very existence seems to be as a device to move the plot forward, instead of having the plot grow from the actions and motivations of the characters.
Also, there were significant technical errors, especially with regard to police procedures and firearms. While I realize that most authors do not have extensive real-world experience in law enforcement, military service, or high-risk private military contract work, I do feel that they have a responsibility to their readers to either exclude technical detail, or else get it right. In one scene a character, supposedly a highly-trained Israeli special operator, fires a high-velocity assault rifle on a downtown New York street, but tells Kodiak that there is no risk to bystanders, since he loads his own ammunition and uses such low powder charges that the bullets will not injure anyone past a hundred yards. I won't bore you with all the technical detail, but take my word as a veteran of both the military and law enforcement, that simply isn't possible.
There were also certain inaccuracies relating to the SAS that seem to indicate the author merely skimmed some general source about the Regiment, and has no real knowledge of their structure, training, or methods. One minor example of this is his repeated and pointed use of the phrase "brick" to refer to a four-man team. Having done some liaison and exchange program time with member of the 22nd SAS, I can say categorically that I have never heard them refer to a four-man component as anything other than a "patrol", within the higher structures of Troops and Squadrons. (The term "brick" is used by the British Army to refer to a four man tactical element, but this was a development of the Army's Northern Ireland Training Team (NITAT) and the brick concept was used for improved flexibility by every regiment which operated in Ulster. While the 22nd SAS did participate in NITAT, they retained their own terminology.)I cannot categorically state that members of the 21st SAS or 23rd SAS may not use the word "brick", as I have no operational or personal experience with either unit, but my understanding is that these units function more as training and development commands, and occasionally in support of various British intelligence and security agencies, and would not therefore be involved in such activities as Mr. Rucka imagines. I also have to say that in one scene, and this is a key plot point, an SAS entry team is outwitted, and outmaneuvered , by a much older man who is dying from AIDS and is barely able to draw enough breath to speak, yet can outrun SAS troopers.
So while I understand that many readers might feel, as some reviewers point out, that Mr. Rucka explores a world of close-protection specialists that few authors have examined, I'm afraid that his books are simply too slapdash to be on any lasting interest.
incident leaves him extremely wary to be entrusted guarding the life of another human being.
Working as a bouncer in a New York S&M club, he is horrified to recognize fifteen year old
Erika, the daughter of the couple he once guarded when he still served with the Marines.
Although he had an affair with her mother, Atticus always thought of Erika as his little sister. Even
without having seen her in four years, his protective instincts surface. He quickly hustles her out of
the club and back to his apartment. When he awakens in the morning, she is long gone.
....When he goes to her father's house to see if she went back home, he finds a very angry old man
dying of AIDS, whose lone joy in life is scoring off his ex-wife. Both of them use Erika as the
battleground and given his history with the family, Atticus is shocked when his ex-boss hires him
to watch over Erika. Apparently, she is the bait between two sets of British trained agents. One
works for Erika's mother. The other works for her father. Atticus becomes caught up in a
maelstrom of slush funds, rogue agents, and multiple deceptions as he seeks to protect his young
charge from becoming killed, or perhaps even worse.
......Greg Rucka's breezy style of writing makes for a fast-paced, exciting story line filled with fully
developed three dimensional characters that readers will easily care about, especially Atticus.
The audience's involvement with the characters turns FINDER into a wonderful reading
experience that is easy to start, but impossible to put down until it is finished. The main
protagonist is a complex anti-hero, who is still learning about himself and his environment. It is
easy to feel sympathetic towards him especially when he becomes his own worst enemy by
allowing emotions such as love and trust get in the way of his job. It will be fascinating to see how
Atticus grows and changes in subsequent tales.
....... Harriet Klausner 5/18/97