One man’s extraordinary ability to out-think a computer game leads to powerful companies and government agencies vying for the entrapment of that man. An innocent in so many other ways, Joe Roberts is ill-prepared for the dark forces prepared to go to any lengths to capture him.
Nicole Nevinson works for a computer-game company. Her task is to employ Joe, but she is an innocent in her own right when it comes to the ruthless moves of the competition in the shape of a money-laundering scheme and government agents who see solutions to cracking algorithmically generated codes.
Disappearances become corpses, and Nicole is primed to take the fall. Elderly Duncan Forrester, a man with secrets of his own, might be her only hope of survival as she gets to find out things that need to be kept quiet.
From start to finish, this is a delightfully tense thriller; a fire-star must read in every department. The unexpected becomes the norm, but makes complete sense, all the way to the nail-biting finale. The characters – including the naive, the eccentric, the compassionate, the ruthless, the thuggish, the charming – are convincingly painted. Undoubtedly, ONE FALSE MOVE is one of the best thrillers I’ll read this year.
Thank you to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa, for this ARC of a Bantam Press Imprint.