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The Hangman's Companion Paperback – September 30, 2010
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This character's unique perspective is that he is the husband of the President of the United States, so you get international intrigue, diplomacy and current events thrown into the mix - which works beautifully!
I have read all of Joseph Flynn's books and not one has ever disappointed me. I am so glad to see 6 of his novels as ebooks, maybe more! Get out your Kindle and start reading!
Once again, Flynn has written a story filled with action, a moral center and thoroughly enjoyable characters. I loved the locale, the memorable French characters such as Magistrate Pruet and his bodyguard Odo. I only hope this is but the second in a long-running series!
He creates vivid scenery and settings, and takes the time to develop characters making you feel as if you are along for the adventure. But unlike a lot of other authors, Flynn isn't content with just having one plot twist and popping in to see how the other mid-major characters are doing throughout the book, but instead he has multiple twists/developments affecting not just Jim McGill, but his wife (the President), his ex wife and children, his investigative partner, and the surrounding cast... and these periphery plot twists are so well developed that you feel as if there are two or 3 complete stories entwined as one.
While The Hangman's Companion is certainly a good book as a stand alone novel, it continues to develop the character of Jim McGill, and really leaves a reader anxiously waiting for the next installment of life as the First Husband + President's personal 'henchman'.
A very enjoyable read.
This one starts with Glen Kinnard. Kinnard is an retired Chicago cop. He's in France to scatter his dead wifes ashes. She was a native of France and it was her wish.
Kinnard encounters Thierry Duchamp and his female companions. Duchamp is kicking the crap out of the lady and Kinnard intervenes. During the fight Duchamp is killed and Kinnard is knocked unconscious. The lady leaves.
Seems Duchamp was a champion soccer player and a hero to France. Kinnard is now in one hell of a mess.
Jim McGill is headed to England with his wife, the POTUS. He and she are still trying to find out who shot Deke Ky Jim's SS protection. Deke survived but is unable to return to his position yet.
Patti also wants Jim to teach her basic Dark Alley. She won't tell him why but Jim decides he will teach her.
So begins one really good read.
We have Patti butting heads in England and Jim heading to France to see if he can help Kinnard. Seems Kinnards daugher, Emille wants to hire him to help her Father.
Along the way we meet a couple of Frenchmen, Yves Pruet a French Matistrate and his bodyguard Odo Sacripant, a block of Corsican granite who are trying to find out what happend with Duchamp and Kinnard and the missing woman. Offcial French investigation to commence.
The missing woman who has one stinky and huge friend who thinks nothing of killing anyone in his way. He's one stinky giant.
Throw in the State Department Regional Security Officer, one Gabriella Casale, Jims contact in France. Gabby plays one big part in the whole deal.Read more ›
Where many authors would take this many plots and sub-plots and turn them into two or even three thrillers, this book is packed with them all. It doesn't leave a lot of time for character development, but there is enough there where each character is distinct enough not to get lost in the shuffle.
The action is split among metro Washington DC, London, and Paris and features some bits of French dialog as McGill begins to learn the language during his investigation. I found this ironic since I've been trying to improve my own French vocabulary lately, so where I saw this feature as a bonus to the book, others may find it distracting or unnecessary.
I did catch a few minor flubs in research, but the most glaring one was the incorrect line of succession of the British monarchy. It didn't make a difference to the plot, but when I see glaring errors such as this that could have easily been corrected with one quick visit to the UK royals' website. Whenever I catch errors such as these in a book, it makes me wonder about how accurate (or not) other research has been in areas in which I may not be as conversant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joseph Flynn is a great writer. A perfect combination of intrigue, romance, politics and friendship. I can't wait to start book 3 in th Jim McGill series!Published 5 days ago by clcawley
Well, drat! Here I am a frugal senior who reads voraciously but has discovered that she can feed that appetite nicely in the 0.00 to 1.99 Kindle aisle. Read morePublished 10 days ago by caraj1491
Terrific read with a great story with feel good conclusions. I will read more of this author's work. Quite impressed overall.Published 29 days ago by Gary E Carpenter
The Henchman continues to amaze in this thrilling follow on to the story. Happy to know there are several more in the series.Published 1 month ago by Sam Luxenberg
This book is tedious to read. Way too much in the political department. Didn't finish reading, four more words, ok.Published 1 month ago by Jody B
It's a hard book to put down. It has several store lines and they come together nicely in the end.Published 1 month ago by RCW
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, "The President's Henchman'" and this sequel was not a disappointment. I have already started on book 3!Published 2 months ago by Dawn