Thriller

The Hidden Hand of Death by Lawrence J. Epstein

I was not sure how to introduce this book, I started and erased a few generic versions and then realized that mentioning that process alone might work as an opener. The story here is so packed with events that it felt like it moved at breakneck speed (which it probably did). We have a world-weary and mildly grieving hitman whose varying shades are shown to us through his actions.

Immediately after the initial introduction, Ryder has a lot asked from him. He is almost treated as a consulting detective while he actively works to dispel that illusion to those who approach him (not always successfully). In the span of a few days, he is told to kill a few people. He doesn’t kill them but instead does others in, saves a few innocent people and provides helpful counsel. He has a two-part backstory, one is explored in this instalment, and maybe the next books might tackle the bigger mystery. As mentioned earlier, it is a fast-paced book with a sort of anti-hero and lots of action. The killing becomes a little repetitive, but it is in keeping with the storyline, so I could keep going. The writing was simple and straightforward. I will read the next one if I get the chance.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received this ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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