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The Bricklayer

The Bricklayer, September 2010
by Noah Boyd

Featuring: Steve Vail
416 pages
ISBN: 0061827029
EAN: 9780061827020
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"A fast paced thrill ride!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Bricklayer
Noah Boyd

Reviewed by Shannon Cox
Posted January 30, 2011

Thriller Police Procedural

When well known members of society begin turning up dead, the FBI knows that they've got something on their hands that needs to be taken care of quickly and, most importantly, quietly. Following the complicated demands of the group at large, even the bureau's best agents are falling short and getting themselves killed. Knowing that time is not on their side, deputy assistant director Kate Bannon decides that it's time to call in someone who has a history of being able to always do the impossible.

Enter Steve Vail.

Vail is a rogue former FBI agent who is now living a much different life as a hard working brick layer in Chicago. Hesitant to get his feet back into the bureau's puddle, Kate finally convinces him to join their team knowing full well that with Vail by her side rules will be broken and every danger will be explored. Together Kate and Steve embark upon a whirlwind race to find the killers who are playing a deadly game of cat and mouse before any more lives are lost.

With his debut novel, THE BRICKLAYER, Noah Boyd (an ex-FBI agent himself) has given us an absolute thrill ride that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page was turned. Written with tight, intelligent prose that doesn't so much as waste one single word and dialogue that is both witty and sharp, THE BRICKLAYER was a fast paced read that kept me guessing until the very end. This stunning debut has without a doubt shown me that Noah Boyd is a master of his genre.

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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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