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The Bricklayer

The Bricklayer, February 2010
by Noah Boyd

William Morrow
Featuring: Steve Vail
400 pages
ISBN: 0061827010
EAN: 9780061827013
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"Intricate, detailed plot ratchets up the suspense in this thrilling police procedural."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Bricklayer
Noah Boyd

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted January 15, 2010

Thriller Police Procedural

Self-exiled and working as a bricklayer, former FBI agent Steve Vail never fit the confining mold the agency expected of an agent. But his unorthodox ways have earned him a reputation as the guy to go to when special cases come along the FBI can't handle on their own -- even though they hate to admit it.

A group calling themselves the Rubaco Pentad will continue to kill human targets until the FBI comes up with millions in cash. The agency officers are working to meet the demands, but something always goes wrong during the money drop. At the end of their patience, terrified of how many more people will die and fearing there's a corrupt agent in their ranks, they have no choice but to contact Steve Vail.

With so many inconsistencies in the case, logic is not working, so Vail has to go with his instincts to uncover the truth. It's fortuitous this highly principled man also has the uncanny ability to work his way through the twisting maze of clues and evidence others aren't even aware exist.

The intricate and detailed plot continually picks up speed toward a thrilling (and surprising) resolution. Steve Vail's irreverent outlook on life lends itself to witty repartee between him and the other characters, which is further supported with very clever, intriguing narrative. Noah Boyd has a sure-fire winner in this exemplary start to a new series.

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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 ex–FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable—and more deadly—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 FBI—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 —and very angry—and will kill and kill again if it means he can disgrace the FBI. Steve Vail's options —and his time to find answers—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 enthralled.

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1 comment posted.

Re: Intricate, detailed plot ratchets up the suspense in this thrilling police procedural.

sounds very interesting
(Marie Manolio 3:35pm March 16, 2010)

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