07/06 On the Bookshelf . . . “An Artificial Night”

An Artificial Night

Delighted to receive An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire, the next in October Day adventures, after Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation, which is due out in September.


“Reckless” by Andrew Gross (William Morrow, 2010)


In Andrew Gross’ latest thriller, Reckless, he takes on the big issue of the failing economy and creates a fast-paced, action-packed plot that will leave you hanging on to ever word wondering how some dead bodies relate to the collapse of the US economy.

The book begins with the horrific murder of an entire family in an upper class idyllic town in Connecticut.  The police think the case solved with a robbery gone bad, but former NYPD lieutenant Ty Hauck, who is now an investigator for a global-securities firm, isn’t going to take this for an answer when he investigates the house.  The reason Hauck cares is because the woman who was murdered used to be an old girlfriend of his, someone he cared deeply about; one of the few people he shared his turbulent past with.  The murdered man was a chief equities trader for one of the largest investment banks.

As Hauck digs deeper, connecting the clues, he makes some startling discoveries that provide some answers to why the economy is going to hell.  Hauck’s problem is he isn’t a cop anymore, he works for an important firm that has a large stake in the economy that would very much like to know what he knows, as well as keep his nose out of where it doesn’t belong.  Hauck has a choice: keep his job and career, or do what’s right for his murdered former lover.

Andrew Gross has created a unique thriller in Reckless, talking about the economy without confusing or boring the reader.  He keeps the details clear and concise, as well the scenes interesting and action packed.  While this is a work of fiction, it is just as believable an explanation for the way the economy is going as what the experts are saying, plus it’s way more entertaining.

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Originally written on June 28 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.