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08 September 2012

Russell Blake: Silver Justice (Police Procedural / Wall Street Conspiracy Thriller)

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Highly recommended - a top class intelligent thriller
This is a first class thriller that I thoroughly recommend because it expands the reach of the genre. I read a lot of thrillers and Silver Justice is around the top of my list because it not only combines many plot lines and great characters into a skilfully crafted and page-turning serial killer thriller but also intelligently explores the dark caverns of the financial system that triggered the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

Glamorous FBI Special Agent, Silver Cassidy, is heading a task force into a serial killer with no set patterns. The only thread connecting the victims is that they were involved with financial systems and transactions that played a part in triggering the GFC. While some of their activities were investigated by the financial authorities no actions were taken.

Silver can hardly keep her head above water coping with her workload, managing a male dominated team and at the same time meeting the personal demands of a single parent with a 10 year old daughter. Silver is stunned when after 5 years of divorce her ex-husband seeks custody of her daughter. Totally unconnected to the case, Silver's stress is made worse when she survives a contract assassination as payback for a former case and kills the assassin. While recovering from this trauma and still working the case, her daughter is kidnapped without an apparent motive. No ransom is sought.

Russell Blake has extensively researched that background to the GFC and in doing so he raises many questions about the financial system that nearly brought most modern economies to their knees. Blake weaves this police procedural/serial killer story around what happened before and during the GFC, who might have been responsible for triggering the crisis and how little has been done to avoid the same things happening again.

This is the first book I have read by Russell Blake. He is a talented and intelligent writer and I really look forward to reading more of his books.

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