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Vengeance by A.J. Scudiere

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest–Cynthia–came up fighting.

Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.

Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the ‘Grudge Ninja’–only all his evidence is false and the profilers can’t get their heads around anything except the obvious fact that the Ninja is extracting a deadly revenge for an old wrong.

As the Ninja gets bolder and far more dangerous, Owen is forced to recognize that he hasn’t always made the right decisions–he’s spent far too much time trying to be right. Even as he questions whether bringing in the ninja is the right thing to do, the voice in the back of his head is telling him that it will make his career...

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever felt like murdering someone?  Ever had your whole life turn upside down?  The reader is privileged to live vicariously through the main characters in this novel.  The book is a thriller and very fast-paced, perfect for readers who have been bored with their previous reads.

There are two very well-developed characters in this book.  They come from very benign backgrounds as far as who you might expect to go on a killing rampage (only the bad people though).  One is an accountant for the Russian mafia, his family is killed when he tries to report them to the IRS.  The other is a young girl by the name of Cynthia; she saw her family die at age eleven...by the Russian mafia.  The two connect through their mutual need for vengeance and the book takes off from here. 

The events are very fast-paced, slightly gory in parts.  The ending is maybe not as satisfying, but it couldn't have ended another way.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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