Michael Sloan, co-creator of the classic 1980s TV show The Equalizer—now reimagined in a series starring Queen Latifah—presents an original story of the mysterious, former covert intelligence officer who helps desperate people who are in need of his unique and deadly skills.
“Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.”
Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a protector, an investigator, and a troubleshooter—often literally. Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts, some of whom date back to his spying days, McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.
A woman finds herself the target of a Chechen nightclub owner. The club is actually a front for an elite assassination service—run by an old enemy of McCall’s. To save his client’s life, the Equalizer is going to have to confront the sins of his past…
Based on the 1980s TV show about a CIA agent turned-vigilante, this prequel presents the backstory of how Robert McCall went from N.Y.C. bartender, attempting to remain below the radar of former colleagues and enemies, to a righter of wrongs for those faced with problems and no avenues for help. Sloan, a co-creator of the TV series, gets some details wrong (e.g., no one refers to the New York subway lines by color). More importantly, characters don't act or think in logical ways. In a storyline in parallel to McCall's intervention on behalf of an abused hooker, a master assassin fails to anticipate that the controllers of a female spy he's stalking in Russia might know the location of her backup safe house. Later, McCall makes a completely baffling choice while dealing with a serial criminal that has consequences readers will anticipate, even if McCall somehow doesn't. Having the hero advertise his services on Craigslist doesn't make this fresh.