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Escape Audio CD – Unabridged, 20 June 2022
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#1 New York Times bestselling detective Billy Harney of The Black Book is chasing down a billionaire crime boss and a prison escape artist while a young girl's life hangs in the balance.As Chicago PD's special-ops leader, Detective Billy Harney knows well that money is not the only valuable currency. The filthy rich man he's investigating is down to his last twenty million. He's also being held in jail.
Billy's unit is called in when an escape plan results in officers down and inmates vanished.
In an empty lot, Billy spots two Kevlar vests. Two helmets. Two assault rifles. And a handwritten note:
Are you having fun yet?
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David Ellis is a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court and the author of nine novels, including Line of Vision, for which he won an Edgar Award, and The Hidden Man, which earned him a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination.
- Publisher : Little Brown and Company; Unabridged edition (20 June 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1668605147
- ISBN-13 : 978-1668605141
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 2.29 x 14.48 cm
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The story is is told chronologically, starting with a dramatic kidnapping that sets up some background events and motivation. The first section is “April 8”, which has seven chapters. The next section is “Monday: Five Weeks Later: May”; which covers the next six chapters. Then the rest of the parts are just titled by the day of the week: “Tuesday” has nine more chapters, then “Wednesday” with eight more chapters, etc.
There is a ton of high-stakes action and drama at the beginning of the book, as heroic Detective Billy Harney has extra personal motivation to catch a particularly bad criminal. Then the action slows down a bit, as new characters are added to the story and a deeper plot unfolds. We get pieces and details from different character's perspectives, and soon the story goes in some unexpected directions. It is a pretty long book, but the short chapters and good pacing made it seem to go by pretty quickly.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I was not familiar with the Billy Harney character, as I had not read his other stories, but I didn't have any trouble following the plot. So at least it doesn't seem like you need to read the other books first. I didn't feel like this was the most mind-blowing story ever, but it was constantly compelling enough to keep me turning the pages. The characters seem pretty believable, (even if sometimes a little cliché); and the situations that Patterson sets up always kept me curious about how they would be resolved. The ending didn't go exactly how I thought it might, but it was still satisfying enough for me. So all in all, even though I wouldn't say that it is my favorite thriller this year, any book this long that I can't put down until I finish it must be pretty good. 4.5 / 5