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By Snoodely on 01-24-12
Listen to "The Knowland Retribution" first.
You will enjoy "The Lacey Confession" a lot more if you listen to its prequel, "The Knowland Retribution," first. Our author, Richard Greener, does a good job filling in the backstory, for those who haven't read his previous work; but he creates such complex, intricate plots and characters that a brief summary must leave out a lot of the richness. This time out, our hero ??? Walter Sherman, A.K.A. "The Locator" ??? succumbs, against his better judgement, to the pleas of a beautiful woman; and tumbles into a web of intrigue and deception. Like all good authors, Mr. Greener writes about what he knows ??? and he knows a lot: not just about current events, history, politics, and geography, but also ??? as a heart-transplant recipient ??? about having a heart attack. Our 60-year-old protagonist, Walter Sherman, suffers one in the midst of his quest; and Greener, without subjecting us to the gory details, takes us through Sherman's collapse and subsequent recovery from triple-bypass surgery. Unlike many other indestructible thriller heros, Walter Sherman ??? despite his toughness and his wily street-smarts ??? has a vulnerable heart, in both the metaphorical sense and the biological sense. Sherman patronizes a neighborhood bar called "Billy Smith's" on the tiny Virgin Island of St. John. Like in Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series, the bar ??? along with its "regulars" ??? provides an anchor, touchstone, comic relief, and pause-for-breath in the story. We come to love the "regulars," and long to visit the island. I hope that Mr. Greener's new heart will allow him to continue providing us with more adventures of The Locator; and, as far as I'm concerned, Marc Vietor can go on narrating them.
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By Amazon Customer on 06-15-18
Well read and a twist in the tail....that will keep you guessing right up to the end...
By ThePuss on 01-21-16
I liked it... some didnt - Listen to Book 1 first.
If I had gone purely on the Amazon and Audible US reviews I would never have selected this book, but I came from the background of the US TV Series (short-lived) "The Finder" very loosely based on the main character.
The "Locating" aspect of his character in this book is not really put to any great tests, but the premise - basically a big and dangerous treasure hunt - is enjoyable, and although there is back-filling for those who didnt read Book 1, this did occasionally get in the way for those who did.
However, it was enjoyable and I am rather sad that the author hasnt written any other books in this series.... although understandable as the leading character must be about 60 and has some medical issues.