Sunday, October 12, 2014
Pit Stop, by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
Still enjoying this collection of pairing-ups by members of the International Thriller Writers. This week, my first encounter with two authors.
Glen Garber is not your hero for a series of thrillers. He's a builder, not a spy or criminologist. And rather being a ladies' man, he's a widower with a ten-year-old daughter. All he wants to do is bid on a farmhouse renovation when, well, he gets thrown into thriller territory.
Glen Garber had been given his coffee, but was still waiting for an order of chicken nuggets for his daughter, Kelly, when a woman raced into the restaurant screaming that some guy was on fire in the parking lot.
Well, that would get your attention.
Turns out the man on fire was just a distraction to help a bad guy get away from Sean Reilly, who is much more your standard thriller hero: the kind of FBI agent who doesn't let a little thing like a fresh concussion stop him from pursuing a maniac with a biological bomb. And, did I mention he just kidnapped Glen Garber's daughter?
And that turns out to be a very bad idea, for the bad guy...