It is no surprise to begin a review of a Brad Smith novel by saying that this is – yet again -an excellent thriller.
As we begin, readers find themselves a few miles north of Athens – a small town located in New York State – with a man named Parson and his lady friend sailing on the Hudson River. While on the boat, Parson sees another craft headed directly for his and proceeds to go to a hiding place, remove a stainless steel box, and throw it overboard. Directly after this ‘odd’ moment occurs, Parson dives into the river and swims for shore. Although he hears men board his vessel and begin speaking to the woman left behind, Parson does not turn back – even when she calls out to him over and over again in the night.
Moving ahead seven years, readers meet up with Virgil Cain, a handyman of sorts who they’ve met once before. Going fishing in the Hudson, while pulling up anchor, Virgil receives a surprise in the form of a sealed steel box covered in seaweed and slime. Returning to the marina he and his cohorts attempt to figure out what’s inside. However, when Virgil spots a man trying to steal his boat who identifies himself as an Albany policeman – things go from ‘odd’ to thrilling.
Add to this a ‘criminal’ who comes out of the woodwork and claims that he’s the owner of the box and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s more than a little crazy when he goes after Virgil with a vengeance – and readers have a book they will NOT put down.
Not only is this an incredible adventure, but it’s also an extremely emotional story. Being that this is the second Virgil Cain story, readers will sincerely hope that it’s not the last!
Until Next Time, Everybody,