Meeting ex-FBI agent Jack Davis in the middle of a shootout is the best thing that could have happened to Veronica "Roni" Chase. But Jack has no idea how deep--and how deadly--his involvement with the mysterious young bookkeeper will get. The pretty accountant may be able to pull a trigger as well as she manipulates a spreadsheet, but her talents may add up to zero if a killer gets their way. As Jack follows Roni into a lethal web of deceit, years in the making, the only thing that might save them--time--is running out. . .
Title: No Way Out
Author: Joel Goldman
Genre: Adult Fiction, Crime Novel, Mystery.
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Dana from Kaye Publicity for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4/5
In No Way Out, Jack happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when he witnesses a shootout. However, the woman involved in the shootout is in good hands when she learns that Jack is a former member of the FBI. Things seem to be looking up for her as Jack takes her under his wing. All is not as it seems, however, and what may have looked like an open and shut case takes a sinister turn. It will take all of the resources Jack has to keep both himself, and the woman, Roni, alive.
No Way Out starts out with a tense action scene, and though things calm down, there is an edge of urgency to the book. The main characters, Jack and his team, are working on a case when they are abruptly thrown into the middle of another one. With many subplots, and the characters working on several cases, things could end badly. The attention to detail was excellent, as the book jumped from one case to the next, similar to an episode of Law & Order.
Jack is a unique, and interesting main character. He is fallible, he's seen too much in his life as an FBI operative, and has to overcome his own demons. He doesn't rely wholly on himself because he has a medical condition, however, that doesn't stop him from working any cases. It was interesting to see what he would do, and what he could do to overcome his condition. He throws himself into his work, and you can tell that he really felt for his clients. He has an exceptional eye for detail, and information, which helps him sort everything out accordingly.
The side characters also add subplots and depth to the book as they are working on additional cases. They would talk out their ideas and cases with each other, and it was interesting to see the thought process of all of the characters when they were throwing out different scenarios. I quite enjoyed how everything was tied up, and I loved the interaction between all of the characters, good and bad.
All in all, my first read by Goldman, and certainly not my last. With an intricate eye to detail, this is an involved and excellent read. Those who enjoy a good mystery or crime thriller are sure to enjoy No Way Out.