Coffey & Hill Series
SUMMARY: As part of his street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun - until he decided to keep the wallet of a prominent politician, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his heard with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life threatening plot code named "Nevermore."
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues to rescue The Raven from a wild card bent on revenge.
REVIEW: This story kept me on my toes, trying to keep everyone straight and remember details about each character. At times, it moves at a slow pace then will quickly escalate then slow back down. There were times when scenes seemed to drag. But, the author kept me trying to figure out if "Nevermore" was real or just a rumor that had been started. The details involved in the story that leads up the the finale were many and, at times, hard for me to keep straight, but oh so worth it. The twists, turns and switches kept me from guessing how everything would play out. The ending fit everything so well.
The only draw back was innuendos to events that occurred in the first book in the series, Annabel Lee. It was confusing to me trying to understand the references made and how they impacted this novel since I had not read it. Sometimes they were about characters and relationships pertinent to The Raven and others that were not as important.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, as well as a bestselling and award winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time. He is the author of Annabel Lee.