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Troubleshooter: Inscribed (Uncorrected Proof/Arc) Paperback – January 1, 2005
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- ASIN : B008CPOEKM
- Publisher : William Morrow; First Edition (January 1, 2005)
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Plot, Rackley and whole bunch of law enforcement agencies are busting up a biker gang who's getting ready to distribute a super form of heroin for a big score. During one of the inititial scenes Rackley's cop wife is gunned down by the escaping gang. She survives in a coma. Now its personal and Rackley takes the gloves off.
Plot- about what you'd expect. Pretty linear, chase the bad guys, not really twisting and turning.
Characterization- strong point of the book. You develop affinity for even minor characters rapidly.
Narrative- could use some help. We get lost in the action sometimes and just have to hope to pick up the thread later on
Overall- readable and better than most entries in this category.
There were a lot of good things about TroubleShooter. First, the plot where Tim Rackley was going after a motorcycyle gang called the Laughing Sinners. They seemed just as scarey if not more scarey than the Sons of Anarchy.
What started as Den Laurey escaping police custody on the LA Freeway where several US Marshalls were killed drove Rackley to go after the gang with two of his sidekicks, Bear and Guerrera. Much of the tension from there is Rackley's efforts to bring Den Laurey to justice but something seems to block him all the time and Laurey manages to slip from his grasp.
I didn't expect this to also involve a plot that reached into Afganistan with the Tears of Allah but I thought that moved the story along well as well. There were great action scenes such as the escape and a shootout between a member of the Sinners and Rackley.
The story kept moving further when Rackley's pregant wife, Dray, was attacked during a prison shootout. Rackley was down and out having to be there for his wife and at the same time trying to avenge the attack by Den Laurey.
Dialogue with Guerrera and Bear was sharp and they were characters that came off the page. It was hard for me to get a good reading on Rackley. Maybe it was me but I didn't feel the tension of the plot with him and Laurey like the tension and edge of my seat suspense from They're Watching.
Gregg Hurwitz is a great writer and I will be reading more of his books. As for this one, I'll go 3-1/2 stars.
This tale is solidly packed with action, intrigue, hairpin plot twists, and suspense that would've impressed Alfred Hitchcock himself!
I won't give specifics so as not to ruin the experience for anyone but this is an absolute MUST read series! The superbly crafted, supremely well researched plots; The terrific character development; If there is something less than SPECTACULARLY well done about this book, I'm at a severe loss to be able to relate what it might be.
If you haven't read the Tim Rackley series yet, pick up The Hill Clause and start...NOW!
Scary premise. Just imagining if their plot worked.
Luckily we have Gregg and Tim, to protect us.
I like that Gregg explains the investigative steps that help Tim's miracles seem plausible.
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It is now clear to me that, before turning on his PC to write the first word, Mr Hurwitz undertakes the detailed and forensic exploration of his subject matter that's usually reserved for historical novelists. In this case, it's the world of biker gangs. The name of the fictional biker gang here is the Laughing Sinners which is awfully close to the equally fictional biker gang, the Laffing Devils, that featured in the notoriously faked TV series, The Devil's Ride. That glitch aside, this is an absolutely storming book with no let up at all in the driving plot line and relentless action. If I have one, very minor, complaint, it's that the main hero characters are just a shade too perfect but, hey, I can forgive that in a story this good.
So my only problem now is that I'm worried that my next selection from the Gregg Hurwitz catalogue can't match this quality. But I've been wrong about that so far, so I'm, definately, going to give it a go!