On Sale: August 31, 2010
Featuring: Steve Vail
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Thriller Police Procedural
Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that
may kill you or someone else, and you're about to
fail. . . . And there is no other option. No one who can
help. No one but the Bricklayer. The Bricklayer is the
pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the
most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller
fiction in many years. He's an exâ€“FBI agent who's been
fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau
to work a case that has become more unsolvableâ€”and more
deadlyâ€”by the hour. A woman steps out of the shower in her
Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting
calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen
with fear by what he has to say about the FBIâ€”and what he
says he must do. . . . A young agent slips into the night
water off a rocky beach. He's been instructed to swim to a
nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a
blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous
tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than
collect the money. . . . Vail has resigned himself to his
dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer.
But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate
Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated
a brilliant extortion plot. The group will keep killing
their targets until the agency pays them off, the amount
and number of bodies escalating each time the FBI fails.
One thing is clear: someone who knows a little too much
about the inner workings of the Bureau is very clever â€”and
very angryâ€”and will kill and kill again if it means he can
disgrace the FBI. Steve Vail's options â€”and his time to
find answersâ€”are swiftly running out. Noah Boyd's The
Bricklayer is written with the bracing authenticity only
someone who has been a crack FBI investigator can provide.
And in this masterful debut Boyd has created a mind-
bending maze of clues and traps inside a nonstop thrill
ride that is sure to leave readers exhilarated and
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