I always have reservations about a new book from an author whose previous book I loved, but in this case I have no complaints. Far from it. In some ways this one is even better than his last.
The seting for this book is London - thousands of miles from the New York setting of his first book - but still a bustling metropolis with plenty of scope for thrills and excitement. In fact the story begins in a busy square in the city, where a teenage boy is stalked and stabbed to death after arguing with his brother.
He is involved in some sort of wheeler-dealing with some big time criminals. But that's only half the story. In a parallel story, a rich businessman vanishes and a maverick lawyer Emmett Freeman) is called in to make some discreet inquiries. But the two cases are connected and that's where the fun really starts.
It all centers around an addictive perfume called Gold, made by the missing billionaires company. And of course there's also a beautiful heroine: a female police detective (Karen Rousson) who is the perfect foil for the hero.
What impresses me so much about Kessler's style is the way the author blends law, science, computers and the foibles of human nature in a tale that has you alternately facsinated and amused, perplexed and excited. The author explains arcane concepts in a way that the ordinary reader can understand, but never loses sight of the fact that he is writing about people.
The marvelous thing about the plot of this book is that it provides several surprises along the way as well as the big double whammy at the end! While this book has fewer courtroom scenes than the last one, it is better in some ways and a real joy to read.
If you like surprises and a book that keeps you guessing till the end I have one thing to say: Read this book!