Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Harm's Reach by Alex Barclay

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Harper 360. for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Synopsis:

Alex Barclay brings her beloved heroine, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce, together with a familiar cast of characters in HARM’S REACH, the eagerly anticipated fourth novel in the acclaimed Ren Bryce series. Working together with her friend and cold case inspector Janine Hooks, and her handsome but married partner Gary Dettling, Ren tackles a case as twister and unnerving as any she has ever faced. Before it’s done, she will find herself enmeshed in the brutal death of a 26-year-old girl and the sordid details of a case from fifty years ago that was never solved.

Read an excerpt HERE.


Review:

Bryce is not your typical FBI agent- she is flawed (hello, bi-polar!), yet she is instantly likable with her snarky, intelligent mind, her tight crew of fellow agents and her willingness to not let go of a case once she claims it. Her latest case has more loop holes and dead ends than she likes, so when a apparently unsolvable case literally lands in her lap, she can't let it go. And the reader gets treated to a twisty web of lies and deceit, that will have you second guessing what you THINK you know, and what you do know! If you haven't read any of the books in the series, this is a good one to start with as Barclay gives you enough background info to keep you up to date. But he also teases you enough about the previous cases Bryce has handled,so that you want to go back and read them! Be sure to add this series to your Summer reading list!

FYI- this one will be back on the Top Shelf in MAY~!




About the Author:
Alex Barclay was born in 1974. She grew up in Dublin and left in her job as a fashion editor a decade ago to pursue a career as a crime fiction writer, having loved reading on noir thrillers from the age of 14.

For research, she travels frequently to the United States. Her earlier novels were set in New York, where an NYPD cop took her under her wing. But for the Ren Bryce series the FBI opened the doors of its Denver office, which was a coup, as most of her peers ‘pick the brains’ of retired detectives. “When I first met everybody, it was at lunch, so they were all sitting there at a big table. Up until that point, my experience was the same as anybody’s — from watching them on TV. FBI agents are what you imagine them to look like — fit, smart, in control. They couldn’t have been nicer. The agent who helps me with my research is very generous with his time. He’s the equivalent of Ren’s boss; that’s the position he has. He thinks she’s a train wreck. It’s undeniable. I write a heroine who’s excellent at solving crimes, but she spends part of her time off the rails. Or, as the agent who helps me says, ‘You do know, Alex, she’s always off the rails, in my opinion.’”


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