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After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she’s convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.
Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate.
But Harper has a few secrets of her own—starting with her lethal martial arts skills—and she’s not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn’t count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.
About the Author
A winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards, James W. Hall is the author of twenty novels, including The Big Finish, the latest in the Thorn Mysteries, as well as four books of poetry, two short story collections, and two works of nonfiction. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Hall holds a BA from Florida Presbyterian College, an MA from Johns Hopkins, and a PhD in literature from the University of Utah. He divides his time between North Carolina and Florida.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was so confused. So much of this story just didn't really line up for me. Harper Collins loses everything to an assassin and she's determined to find out why. OK. I'm on board so far. But when things get a little odd when she mysteriously has all these connections, including an ex-mobster father. Putting aside the crazy characters, the mystery is a bit odd. Tracking down the people behind a chocolate corporate conspiracy takes Harper all over the world. Meanwhile, the assassin is on her tail, but only because he's become obsessed with her. Odd. A lot of this is explained - eventually - but it all just played out funny to me. The ending seemed overly contrived as well. Their solution was so simple and yet overly complicated at the same time. Again, too many cases of "well, I just happen to know so-and-so from my past life."
I don’t remember buying this title, at all. But there it was on my phone so I was like “why not”. This is the second book I have encountered in a short time that is about a woman that loses a husband and a child and basically goes looking for their killers. Is this some new sub-genera that I am unaware of? Harper is a martial arts expert which comes in handy in a lot of situations in this story but also gets her into trouble, yet she is tenacious in trying to find her family’s killers. She faces many foes and obstacles and she weaves through a dangerous mystery laid out before her with the help of her mafia Grandfather and banker brother. The story was interesting and had a pretty easy to follow mystery. I did guess who the killer was before the end of the story but not too close to Harper's own discovery. I am not sure if this was at Hall’s design or not. This is the first story I have read/listened to by Hall so I have nothing to compare it to but the only issue I had was I never fully engaged with Harper. I would have liked to feel more emotions, especially at some of the horrors that happened, yet I didn’t. All I did was listen and I was never fully captured into Harper's pain or world. Overall the story is a solid mystery and I am giving it 3 Boundless Stars, it was good.
Bad book. Starts normal and morphs into a super human fairy tale. It ended up a SUPER commercial for the next book. It will not be purchased or read by me