Author James O. Born is going from strength to strength as I detect less James Patterson oversight in this exciting thriller.
It concerns an empathetic senior Miami detective, Tom Moon, who is seconded to lead an FBI task force tackling international crime. We warm to him as he deals with his ailing mother’s Alzheimer’s condition and young sister’s hard-partying disposition while fielding six trafficked kids in his care. He personally escorts them back to Holland from whence they were trafficked after the capture of their guide at Miami Airport.
In Amsterdam, his liaison contact is Marie Meijer, whom he grows to respect for her professionalism. A spark grows between them as they piece together clues which link two Russian crime syndicate brothers in both of their cities and the shape of the horrendous child enslavement network becomes apparent.
My only criticism as to the plot is that “word on the street” more than once conveniently provides clues as to impending shipments of slave supplies heading to Miami without any convincing detail as to how this information is obtained.
Otherwise, it was a satisfactory read around the 4 star mark.
Thank you to Penguin Random House, SA, for this Century Imprint ARC. ISBN 9781780899534