Three terrifying murders in the South culminate in a relentless manhunt in the North that centers on a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.
I thought this book was a little better than three stars but still not worthy of the fourth. If I had read and reviewed this back in the 70's, I would have said all the things I said about the actual story itself. But, I would've added that I bet this guy'll be one of the best story tellers in the next fifteen years. Now, obviously, I'm not going to say that because I believe he's all ready established that position in my mind. And certainly in the minds of thousands of others.
If you like James Patterson I'd recommend reading this just for the history of the writer and to see how he has developed over the years. Just don't go into this book expecting his best story. If you do that, you should come out satisfied that you did take the time to read it.
Like everything I have read from Mr. Patterson, this one read extremely fast. It took me a little while to put faces on the main characters, and I am not certain that I was 100% successful in that task. I got to know them pretty well, and found the plot set up most engaging...it kept me on my toes.
Somehow "The Thomas Berryman Number" had a feel somewhat like "The Anderson Tapes"---at least to me. It certainly had me turning pages.
I have to recommend reading this one if you are a James Patterson fan. It takes little time due to his flowing writing style, and give you a sense of where he started. Surely I plan to get a hold of more of his earlier works. Mr. Patterson gets your attention and moves the story at a good pace.