In the third book in "what will likely be a long and successful series" (San Francisco Magazine), Japanese antiques dealer and PI Jim Brodie goes up against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security - and a killer operating on both sides of the Pacific.
In recognition of his role in solving the Japantown murders in San Francisco, antiques dealer and sometime-PI Jim Brodie has just been brought on as the liaison for the mayor's new Pacific Rim Friendship Program. Brodie in turn recruits his friend, the renowned Japanese artist Ken Nobuki, and, after a promising meeting with city officials and a picture-perfect photo op, Brodie and Nobuki leave city hall for a waiting limo.
But as soon as they exit the building, a sniper attacks them from the roof of the Asian Art Museum. Quick thinking allows Brodie to escape, but Nobuki ends up hospitalized and in a coma. Brodie soon realizes that with the suspicious and untimely death of Nobuki's oldest son a week earlier in Napa Valley, someone may be targeting his friend's family - and killing them off one by one.
Suspects are nearly too numerous to name - and could be in the United States or anywhere along the Pacific Rim. The quest for answers takes Brodie from his beloved San Francisco to Washington, DC, in a confrontation with the DHS, the CIA, and the FBI; then on to Tokyo, Kyoto, and beyond, in search of what his Japanese sources tell him is a legendary killer in both senses of the word - said to be more rumor than real but deadlier than anything else they've ever encountered if the whispers are true.
"Pacific Burn is a page-turning, globe-spanning tale of murder, suspense, and intrigue that grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Barry Lancet is truly a gifted author, and his character of Jim Brodie is unlike any private investigator you've ever encountered in literature." (Nelson DeMille, New York Times best-selling author of Radiant Angel)
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Grand mystery and suspense
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"
Barry Lancet Continues to Deliver
I did not read the print version. However, I did read the past two novels in print and I can say Scott Brick easily handles the Asian names, phrases and conversations with ease.
Barry Lancet is a master at throwing in plot twists and character actions which keep you turning pages (or in this case finding reasons to take the long way home to continue to listen to the audible version) not wanting to miss what is coming next.
Jim Brodie spans two continents and two very different cultures. I love learning about both the Japanese culture and the art world through his eyes. From here on out, when I read a Jim Brodie thriller, I will be hearing Scott Brick's voice. Brick also did a great job with the voice of the Steamwalker.
Without a doubt. The action and twists kept coming at a furious pace. I kept find ways to take the long way home to continue to listen to Pacific Burn.
If you have not read the previous two books, Japantown and Tokyo Kill I recommend you do so. Jim Brodie has become one of my must read heroes, along with Jack Reacher, Lucas Davenport and Harry Bosch.
- Tony Acree "Tony Acree"