Teddy Fay, or whatever he is calling himself these days, has just been launched in his own new series. Teddy Fay, ex-CIA, officially long dead, scrubbed his own records clean and has never existed.
Prolific thriller novelist Stuart Woods has been joined by equally successful mystery writer Parnell Hall to bring us a grittier tale. Grittier, as opposed to the Stone Barrington Series in which Teddy featured first as a villain then increasingly as the go-to man to whom Barrington turns for messier solutions.
The latter has friends in the highest of places, and when the very nation is threatened, he is one of the few in their confidence. There is the kidnapping of the Speaker’s daughter that must remain a secret, while at the same time the kidnapper must be found, and the puzzle of why the demand is, seemingly, only a change of legislation must be solved.
Who has even the slightest chance of pulling that off than the ruthless killer and elusive master of disguises, Teddy Fay? And time is running out.
An easy read, a speedy page-turner. The tension could be tighter if Teddy Fay was just a little less competent, less sure of himself. But no, he is just one hellova Smooth Operator.
SMOOTH OPERATOR (Putnam; On Sale: August 2, 2016).
Katie Grinch, [firstname.lastname@example.org]