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Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2020
Near Dark is the latest (#19) in Brad Thor's Scot Harvath franchise. Scot begins gradually settling into a ruminating alcoholic unable to move beyond the death of everyone close to him (in spite of taking out his anger during his last outing). What brings him out of his stupor is a contract on him that has every aspiring hitman in the hunt. While the initial response is to hunker down, Scot eventually take the Harvath route and puts himself out there while systematically following to ground the chain of command. Along the way, he teams up with a Norwegian female version of himself and they kick ass across Europe.

While the tradecraft is well done as are the action scenes, Haravth is getting a bit stale and formulaic. At the same time, he has evolved to a reactionary knuckle-dragger who is no longer interested in doing his job, but is forced to reprise his former role. The Russian connection is also growing worn and tired; always another oligarch in cahoots with Putin (they've got to run out of them sooner or later).
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