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Suspicion    by Joseph Finder order for
by Joseph Finder
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Dutton, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's an exciting thriller that will grip you by the throat and not let go - Joseph Finder's latest, Suspicion. Its protagonist, single father Danny Goodman has been writing a biography. It's not proceeding as fast as anyone would like and he's struggling financially. His ex-wife's illness and death delayed his work and his publisher is threatening to cancel. His daughter Abby attends a private school that he can't afford, but that she loves. He doesn't want to deprive her of it.

But it's when uber wealthy Thomas Galvin, the father of Abby's new BFF Jenna, presses a loan on Danny that his troubles really begin. Wheels spin within wheels after the DEA comes knocking on his door. Danny is blackmailed (by the threat of an indictment) into spying on Galvin, not just once but again and again. He's not very good at it and becomes sure that his new friend is suspicious of him. Danny fears for his life, as the DEA agents informed him that Thomas Galvin is a financier for the Sinaloa drug cartel, and that his wife is a drug lord's daughter.

Danny's lies to Abby and his psychiatrist girlfriend Lucy (whom he does not want involved in this terrifying entanglement) endanger both relationships. Soon rival drug lords and corrupt law enforcement officials get in on the action - no one is who they seem to be. There are brutal deaths, with a ruthless assassin on the trail of the cartel's leaks. All seems heading for oblivion until Danny reflects on what the subject of his biography, Jay Gould, would do - and comes up with a plan that just might keep himself (and those he loves) alive and out of jail.

Suspicion is quite a thrill ride, enlivened by throwaway musings like Danny's that his daughter was 'a member of the Oversharing Generation who documented their every move on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram' - which is why he does not dare tell her anything. I fell off my seat reading this one!

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