James O. Born may be the “lesser” of this author combo, but I’ve put his name first as this three-story interlink is quite un-Patterson. And that is not always a bad thing as the thriller factory does not always churn out engrossing stuff, unfortunately.
Mitchum, as he likes to be called, is a newspaper deliverer who devotes the rest of his time to helping his small community by some amateur sleuthing. The disappearance of his cousin and the murder of an elderly couple lead him to the discover the site of a secret prison in the mountains.
The second and third stories sprout from these beginnings. I liked the basic interconnected plots, the exciting action flow and the readability. I liked Mitchum’s character, even if I didn’t always swallow some of the improbable aspects.
More improbability was, however, a hallmark of the likelihood of the repercussions to Mitchum as he pursues his leads all the way to Afghanistan. So for a hard-hitting thriller, it’s a four-star, but for a convincing, plausible tale, it might just make a two.
As to where the rivers fit into these stories, I am completely baffled.
Thank you to Penguin Random House – SA for this ARC, an Arrow Books imprint. ISBN 9781787464605.