Adventure, Thriller

The Milan Contract by Stephen Franks

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The book is still up for requesting on NetGalley

When the story began, I was mildly confused. The author plays that confusion well and builds up the situations to make us doubt ourselves. We are alternatively shown the unfolding events in real-time as well as the histories of the people involved at all stages. This helps us empathize in some cases, and in others, wonder what those people being introduced to us will end up doing.
There has been a shooting in Italy; we know who did the shooting and quite early on know the why. Given all these known facts, one might assume there are no unknowns to be had. The people who assume such a thing would be wrong! There are a lot of twists in the narrative. They stay true to their name, changing our understanding of the tale as well as altering the possibilities of events to occur.
The police procedural is mixed with espionage, and family bonding is added to the mix as well.
This is one of those books that gets better the more invested you are in it and the further you go. The writing made me feel like it was a translation of a non-English work, which worked well in setting up the mood but also had me reading slower. My rating is because of the pacing and not the story itself. The ending was unexpectedly neat(which is a good thing). I would pick up another book by the author given a chance.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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