"The master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) returns with a devilishly good thriller, and reward seeker Colter Shaw's most personal case to date.
Just hours after the harrowing events of The Never Game and The Goodbye Man, Colter Shaw finds himself in San Francisco, where he has taken on the mission his father began years ago: finding a missing courier bag containing evidence that will bring down a corporate espionage firm responsible for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of deaths.
Following the enigmatic clues his father left behind, Shaw plays cat and mouse with the company's sadistic enforcers, as he speeds from one gritty neighborhood in the City by the Bay to another. Suddenly, the job takes on a frightening urgency: Only by finding the courier bag can he expose the company and stop the murder of an entire family--slated to die in forty-eight hours.
With the help of an unexpected figure from his past, and with the enforcers closing the net, Shaw narrows in on the truth--and learns that the courier bag contains something unexpected: a secret that could only be described as catastrophic.
Filled with dozens of twists and reversals, The Final Twist is a nonstop race against time to save the family.... and to keep the devastating secret Shaw has uncovered from falling into the wrong hands.
Part one of MWA Grand Master Deaver's subpar third thriller featuring professional reward-seeker Colter Shaw (after 2020's The Goodbye Man), titled "The Mission," includes the statement: "Time until the family dies: fifty-two hours." The explanation for this countdown comes out gradually. At a house in San Francisco, Shaw is looking for evidence his murdered father left behind about BlackBridge Corporate Solutions, whose machinations include flooding select neighborhoods with cheap drugs to drive down the price of real estate for predatory developers. His search almost proves fatal, and he narrowly escapes death from BlackBridge operatives when his estranged older brother, Russell, intervenes. A bad guy Russell kills carries a note indicating that a "kill order" has been placed on someone with the initials SP and SP's entire family. Neither the race to save those targeted within 52 hours nor the Shaw brothers' campaign to take down BlackBridge is as creative as the plots of Deaver's best work. The result is more familiar than surprising.
A good read
I hope we see Colter Shaw in another book. His character has grown on me.
Why Trick the Reader
It a nice story but I got sick of the hero’s life being saved because some obscure character just happens to show up. Also it was annoying to have everything work out because the hero had implemented a plan that he never told the reader about. This is what I consider sloppy, lazy writing if you can not write an exciting story without juvenile tricks