Narrator: Jonathon Yen
Series: Detective Max Rupert #2
Published by Tantor Audio on October 6, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 21 minutes
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Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. He’s been reassigned to the Frauds Unit, where he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his status-seeking wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Alexander sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation.
But the case explodes into far more than he could have expected, putting him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, a veteran of the Balkan wars who has been searching for “James Putnam” for years. As his life spins out of control, Alexander’s last hope may be his older brother, Max, a fellow police detective who steps in to try to save his brother from the carnage his investigation has let loose.
Like the The Life We Bury, the first book in the Detective Max Rupert series, again he is hardly present. His brother Alexander Rupert is the main character. Alexander is also a police detective, a younger brother. He is well developed and shows many layers of good and bad.
The police work and the mystery are exciting and engrossing. The characters are all well drawn, but we still don’t know Max very well yet. I have so many things to read and review but something about this series has captured me. It doesn’t hurt to have the setting a town where I lived for many years.
The story is rather realistic in some ways. Everything isn’t sunshine and roses and the good guys don’t always win. I already checked out the next one, The Heavens May Fall.
I listened at 1.5x speed on this one, which is the first time I was able to use that speed. I usually think it is too fast but it was ok. I expected it to be the same narrator as the first one, but it isn’t. I’m actually happy since this is a different main character. The male and female characters were well performed. The narration added to my enjoyment of the story.
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