Author: Thomas Shawver
Publisher: Alibi July 2015
My Reason For Reading This Book:
I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them. I like the main character, Michael Bevan. He’s very flawed which makes him seem more realistic. Michael always wants to take a short-cut to success, so he’s willing to bend the rules a bit and skip a few steps in the process. I’ve known people like this. They make me shake my head sometimes, but they take chances that are interesting and often lead to amazing consequences.
What the Book Is About:
Michael wants to get into this super-snobby antique book sellers group and, of course, he’s willing to bend the rules a bit to do it. He happens upon a very rare book written by the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Its worth a lot of money.
Michael also learns of this very old conspiracy to kill every descendent of every man responsible for killing Joseph Smith. Each man within the original conspiracy was to train his children to kill any descendent of the man originally assigned to him. Michael learns of this conspiracy from a client, Emery Stagg, a direct descendent of one of the original conspirators. Instead of killing the young woman he is supposed to kill, he falls in love with her and wants to save her. He looks to Michael for help because his family is intent on killing the woman and Emery for being a traitor.
What I Thought:
Any book about books can’t be all bad, can it? Of course not. This Rare Books Mystery series has been fun up to this point. Michael is his own worst enemy so he’s fun to follow. The only problem is that by the time I finished this book, I felt like I was done with the whole series. I’m not exactly sure why. The writing is still good, as are the characters. I liked the conspiracy part of the book as it seemed believable. I’m just not that interested in going on more adventures with Michael. The next book needs to be shaken up a bit, a little more creativity.
What I’m saying is this: The first three books were good. Go ahead and read them. When the next book comes out I’ll read the first chapter and then decide as whether I’ll keep going or not. That’s about as honest as I can be.