Too Close to Home (Paul McGrath #2)
His cover: courthouse janitor. His cause: justice. But when Paul McGrath uncovers a shocking connection to a file of missing evidence, he finds the truth sometimes hits a little too close to home.An intelligence agent-turned-courthouse janitor, Paul McGrath notices everything and everyone—but no one notices him. It’s the perfect cover for the justice he seeks for both his father and the people who’ve been wronged by a corrupt system. Now he’s discovered a missing file on Alex Pardew—the man who defrauded and likely murdered McGrath’s father but avoided conviction, thanks in large part to the loss of this very file. And what lies behind its disappearance is even worse than McGrath had feared. Meanwhile, at the courthouse, he stumbles on the case of Len Hendrie, a small businessman who’s been accused of torching a venture capitalist’s mansion. Though Hendrie admits starting the fire, McGrath learns how the VC has preyed on average Joes to benefit himself—and his extensive wine collection. McGrath can’t resist looking deeper into this financial predator and soon finds himself in a gray area between his avenging moral compass and the limits of the law. Then, just as the Hendrie case is heating up, McGrath receives word of the death of his father’s former housekeeper, sending him back to his family home to confront unfinished business from his past. And he’s about to find some unwelcome truths about the mother he lost as a child—and the father who hid even more secrets than he realized.

Too Close to Home (Paul McGrath #2) Details

TitleToo Close to Home (Paul McGrath #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery

Too Close to Home (Paul McGrath #2) Review

  • Kathi Defranc
    January 1, 1970
    What an exciting story with an outstanding new character,cops, lawyers and even judges playing a money making game!! A fabulous character in Paul McGrath, former military who has returned home, working as a janitor in a CourtHouse which gives him the ability to listen and find interesting information about legal happenings around town. And Boy does he find some fascinating info!! Even financial gurus join in this seedy game, with NO regard to how many people are hurt or financially ruined as a What an exciting story with an outstanding new character,cops, lawyers and even judges playing a money making game!! A fabulous character in Paul McGrath, former military who has returned home, working as a janitor in a CourtHouse which gives him the ability to listen and find interesting information about legal happenings around town. And Boy does he find some fascinating info!! Even financial gurus join in this seedy game, with NO regard to how many people are hurt or financially ruined as a result of their 'game'... This does Not sit well with Paul, who believes people Matter, and Nothing should be done in any business that is NOT morally just! Living with an ex-military pal, he takes matters into his own hands,investigating and listening to exactly what people have to say. I was slightly confused by a change in the middle of the story, even thought I was reading a different book! But then realized a history of folks involved, and the reading made sense! An enjoyable read, it is fiction, so do Not look for things happening in a factual way! Just read and relax to a fun,action=packed adventure! I received an ARC from NetGalley, who I thank for a great story, and I give You my honest and true thoughts and feelings in this review.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    As a rather prolific reader of books - for several years I've topped the 100 mark - it's not easy to find one that has a noticeably unusual plot or an unusually intriguing character. And since the lion's share of my reads are in the mystery/thriller genre, uniqueness is even more constrained. So it is that I'm delighted to find this series, of which this is the second installment.Central character Paul McGrath is an interesting guy - a highly skilled former military guy who's back home in As a rather prolific reader of books - for several years I've topped the 100 mark - it's not easy to find one that has a noticeably unusual plot or an unusually intriguing character. And since the lion's share of my reads are in the mystery/thriller genre, uniqueness is even more constrained. So it is that I'm delighted to find this series, of which this is the second installment.Central character Paul McGrath is an interesting guy - a highly skilled former military guy who's back home in Albany, N.Y., working at the courthouse as a janitor and fancying himself a vigilante of sorts whose mission is to right society's wrongs. The case in point here involves his own father; McGrath believes he died as a result of a corrupt legal system that allowed the "murderer," a man named Alex Pardew, to go free. As McGrath pokes around in courtrooms to look for evidence that he's right - specifically a file that's gone missing - he meets a businessman who's been accused of arson. Yes, I did that, the man says, but emphasizes that it was because the man - a venture capitalist - is involved in shady deals, insider trading and otherwise bilking millions out of his clients.Aha, McGrath says - right up my alley. So together with his former GI friend Robson - with whom he lives in his father's $40 million mansion - he sets out to investigate, with a priority on his father but the hope of seeing justice done in both cases. Along the way, he considers visiting the home in which he grew up, now inhabited by his father's former housekeeper. He hasn't purchased much furniture for the home he occupies with Robson, so perhaps, his friend suggests, he can take a few things from the other home. Just as he's about to agree, though, he learns that the housekeeper has died. Needless to say, that makes removal of any furniture much easier, but it raises other questions that may lead to answers McGrath isn't expecting to hear.There are a few twists and surprises as the investigations proceed (complete with some awesome technology hacks by Robson and another computer-genius friend), but near the end come a frenzy of flashbacks that bring even more surprises for McGrath - and readers, of course. All in all a terrific (and, at 288 pages, quick) read and a great start to a new series. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.----Wouldn't read it again but it kept my interest. I did like the characters of Paul and Robson.It was interesting but at the same time not.. if that makes sense.
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  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free electronic copy of this ARC from Netgalley, Andrew Grant, and Random House Publishing - Ballantine. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I enjoyed the chase in Too Close to Home and the style of Andrew Grant. This is an author I will watch for.This is a novel set in New York City present time and several other time periods, seen through the eyes of one protagonist - I received a free electronic copy of this ARC from Netgalley, Andrew Grant, and Random House Publishing - Ballantine. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I enjoyed the chase in Too Close to Home and the style of Andrew Grant. This is an author I will watch for.This is a novel set in New York City present time and several other time periods, seen through the eyes of one protagonist - Paul McGrath. Paul is recently retired ex-military, serving in the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade for many years, and is currently a janitor at the New York County Courthouse. Where he cleans up several kinds of messes... Paul's father recently died and left him the house in Westchester that he grew up in, and a complete surprise, a big old place, long empty, a classic brownstone in Hell's Kitchen. This was the second in a series but completely stand alone. I will be looking for more from Grant. He writes a tight mystery with personable protagonists and a clean trail of clues. Especially I enjoyed the fact that the majority of the story is told in the present, and the back story is told chronically at the end of the book. Much less confusing than some of the back and forth stories I have read lately. Also, it has about 300 pages with only 25 chapters - I don't think I realized how much these two factors have disappeared into a more muddled storyline. Paul McGrath appears a simple man with few needs, a lifestyle he enjoyed in the service and has patterned his retirement around, as well. He has few acquaintances left from the old days and doesn't have much time to make new friends. Hopefully, that will all change - when he sorts out this latest series of clues to fill in the blanks of his father's history. And though his mother died when he was very young, there may be blanks that need filling there, as well......pub date Jan 7, 2020Random House Publishing - BallantineReviewed on January 4, 2020 at Goodreads and Netgalley. Reviewed on January 7, 2020, at AmazonSmile, Barnes&Noble, BookBub, Kobo and GooglePlay.
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  • Laura Bradford
    January 1, 1970
    I had the honor of reading an advance copy of this book and it was outstanding! I love the premise, the set-up, the story. Paul McGrath is a great character!
  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Paul McGrath was previously a military intelligence office and now is working in a courthouse as a janitor as a disguise. He is actually seeking information about his father's murder. McGrath seems to get involved in doing the honorable thing and setting things right in bad situations. This was a complex mystery he had to unravel to find out what actually happened to his father. An interesting story. McGrath could be a new hero on the horizon.I enjoyed the story and McGrath has potential for a Paul McGrath was previously a military intelligence office and now is working in a courthouse as a janitor as a disguise. He is actually seeking information about his father's murder. McGrath seems to get involved in doing the honorable thing and setting things right in bad situations. This was a complex mystery he had to unravel to find out what actually happened to his father. An interesting story. McGrath could be a new hero on the horizon.I enjoyed the story and McGrath has potential for a series character if Grant decides to go that route. Thanks to Andrew Grant and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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  • 3 no 7
    January 1, 1970
    “Too Close to Home” by Andrew Grant is a first person narrative by Paul McGrath. Grant skillfully pulls readers into the story with surprises, suspense, mystery, and hint of criminality. Paul McGrath professes to be just the janitor at the courthouse; he cleans up the messes people make, all kinds of messes, and some messes that go far beyond just sweeping up dust. The book is filled with complex characters, some good, some innocent, some questionable, and some ordinary; readers are not always “Too Close to Home” by Andrew Grant is a first person narrative by Paul McGrath. Grant skillfully pulls readers into the story with surprises, suspense, mystery, and hint of criminality. Paul McGrath professes to be just the janitor at the courthouse; he cleans up the messes people make, all kinds of messes, and some messes that go far beyond just sweeping up dust. The book is filled with complex characters, some good, some innocent, some questionable, and some ordinary; readers are not always sure who is which. The events and the people all contribute to the biggest mystery in the book -- the narrator. Readers may not know whether to like Paul McGrath, or to fear him, but they certainly know they do not want to be on his bad list. Details about him emerge little by little, but many are complicated and contradictory. He skates along the edge of the law, intimidating the innocent, but then rescuing the downtrodden. He talks about his training, business, and past assignments, but readers do not know for whom he worked and are afraid to even speculate why he is no longer “employed.” His main focus is “squaring things” with those whom he feels wrongly caused his father’s death. In the process he uncovers unscrupulous market traders, corrupt judges, and a complex organization of just generally nasty people. “Too Close to Home” ends with chronological flashbacks that detail the pivotal events in the pasts of specific characters. Telling the other side of the story adds to the intrigue and mystery of the narrator and sets up the startling climax to McGrath’s search for justice for his father. I received a review copy of “Too Close to Home” from Andrew Grant, Random House Publishing Group, and Ballantine Books. I found Paul McGrath a suspicious yet charismatic character. His past is intriguing and his current adventure is both complex and gripping.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Too Close to Home is Book 2 of the Paul McGrath series by author Andrew Grant. I have not read the first book, but I believe this is a great stand alone as well as part of a wonderfully written series. Paul McGrath is working as a janitor for the courthouse so that he can get access to a specific file about the person who defrauded his dad and possibly even murdered him. This book takes off with a bang, as Paul discovers another wrong that needs to be corrected and he likes to take justice into Too Close to Home is Book 2 of the Paul McGrath series by author Andrew Grant. I have not read the first book, but I believe this is a great stand alone as well as part of a wonderfully written series. Paul McGrath is working as a janitor for the courthouse so that he can get access to a specific file about the person who defrauded his dad and possibly even murdered him. This book takes off with a bang, as Paul discovers another wrong that needs to be corrected and he likes to take justice into his own hands. I like that Paul clears his mind through cleaning and isn't embarrassed to work as a janitor. He recognizes the advantages that the position offers him in terms of access and anonymity. No one really notices him much, which helps him investigate this missing file and other cases that come up.Why did I enjoy reading Too Close to Home? The action kept me engaged and entertained...and the team work between Paul and his partner was good too. A balance and respect seems to lay there and I would love to learn more about the duo. I really loved the ending, I was so intrigued with the back story and am eager to read the rest of the series and need to know when the next book will be released. I will go back and find the first book which is titled: Invisible: A Novel (Paul McGrath Book 1) which was published January 2019. Thank you to NetGalley, author Andrew Grant and Random House Publishing Group- Ballatine for an advanced digital reader copy of Too Close to Home for me to read and enjoy. As always, my opinions are my own.
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  • Stacie Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for allowing me access to an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review of Too Close to Home.Too Close to Home starts out quickly paced. I did not read the first Paul McGrath book in the series, The Invisible, but I felt within the first chapter I was caught up and knew the main character. Paul McGrath is ex-military who works as a courthouse janitor. He is a little like Robin Hood where he defends the weak and takes on the rich and powerful. Within the Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for allowing me access to an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review of Too Close to Home.Too Close to Home starts out quickly paced. I did not read the first Paul McGrath book in the series, The Invisible, but I felt within the first chapter I was caught up and knew the main character. Paul McGrath is ex-military who works as a courthouse janitor. He is a little like Robin Hood where he defends the weak and takes on the rich and powerful. Within the first chapter I found myself really thinking this character would make a great main for a thriller tv show or movie. The book is full of action and McGrath uses a lot of MacGyver style spy techniques. McGrath is working on multiple cases at once including an insider trading scandal, as well as the misfiling of a file related to the death of his father.For the first 3/4 of the book I was really intrigued; I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how all of the characters were involved and what clues McGrath and his cohort Robson would uncover next. However, the "twist" seemed to come completely out of left field for me. Characters, situations, and even time itself (like the 1970s and 80s) seemed to appear out of the blue so completely that I felt let down. If more of the last 20% of the book had been incorporated all along, I would have been very impressed by the outcome. Instead it felt a little bit jilted like I was reading a whole different book.The book came together in the end, and I like the action and goal of the main character. Some of the conversation was a little cliche, but the book really held my attention until the end.
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  • Julia David
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the characters, the plot, the twists and turns. I thought I knew where the story was going, but I was wrong. The author threw in some details later in the book that changed everything. I really like how Paul handled people. The good and the bad. His whole life he has been told one story and now he finds out that nothing is what he thought it to be. Even an old trusted friend wasn't the person he thought she was. I also liked how the different threads weaved together to make it an I really liked the characters, the plot, the twists and turns. I thought I knew where the story was going, but I was wrong. The author threw in some details later in the book that changed everything. I really like how Paul handled people. The good and the bad. His whole life he has been told one story and now he finds out that nothing is what he thought it to be. Even an old trusted friend wasn't the person he thought she was. I also liked how the different threads weaved together to make it an amazing story.
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  • Nick Stika
    January 1, 1970
    Mr. Grant has done it again. His books just keep getting stronger and stronger. This was the second in the Paul McGrath series, but it kind of felt like finale. Looking forward to seeing comes next.
  • Rachel Cato
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost a huge thanks to Random House for an ARC of Too Close To Home for my unbiased opinion. This book follows the story of Paul McGrath who is working as a courthouse janitor after leaving the army. He’s currently trying to find the man accused of murdering his father. There are a couple other things going on at the same time. For the first 2/3 of the book I was enthralled and loving it. When we got to the section where we go back in time 42 years it lost momentum for me. I’m good First and foremost a huge thanks to Random House for an ARC of Too Close To Home for my unbiased opinion. This book follows the story of Paul McGrath who is working as a courthouse janitor after leaving the army. He’s currently trying to find the man accused of murdering his father. There are a couple other things going on at the same time. For the first 2/3 of the book I was enthralled and loving it. When we got to the section where we go back in time 42 years it lost momentum for me. I’m good with a backstory, in fact I love a good backstory, but I feel like the book itself should have started with a bit of this and maybe throw some in throughout. I felt like I was having to really focus to see what was going on. I had a pretty good idea of the ending long before I got to the backstory part of the book and yep, I was right. A decent book but I wouldn’t rate it higher than 3-3.5 stars. I’d try another book by Andrew Grant but wouldn’t add him to my favorite authors list.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Working at the New York County Courthouse as a janitor, Paul McGrath is invisible to almost everyone he encounters. That is how he likes it. While doing his job, he is also on a personal mission. Formerly Military Intelligence, he is looking for justice for his father and along the way he cannot help but step in where he sees injustice, all the while focusing on his goal. Alex Pardew is walking the streets a free man. A file of key information went missing during his trial so Pardew, the man Working at the New York County Courthouse as a janitor, Paul McGrath is invisible to almost everyone he encounters. That is how he likes it. While doing his job, he is also on a personal mission. Formerly Military Intelligence, he is looking for justice for his father and along the way he cannot help but step in where he sees injustice, all the while focusing on his goal. Alex Pardew is walking the streets a free man. A file of key information went missing during his trial so Pardew, the man responsible for his father’s untimely death, has been released. Righting this wrong will allow McGrath to move on.Hooking up with a former MI veteran John Robson was a good decision. They live together in the huge old brownstone left to McGrath by his father. This allows them to work the case day and night until they find the missing evidence that will provide them with the truth in his father’s case as well as a few others. But these cases are not simple. There is an underlying conspiracy that will have to be shattered before justice will prevail.McGrath is a complex character. At first, I thought he was a vigilante, but he is so much more then the surface look provides. He and Robson get things done in unusual ways, oftentimes with a wink and a nod to laws. These modern-day Robin Hoods stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves and get the job done.Too Close to Home is a fast-paced page turner. The mystery of McGrath’s father’s death is only one surprise for the reader. The plot is intriguing and is laced with beautiful bits of description, such as: “…we paused at the cross streets and then were pulled back into motion as if by the city’s own heartbeat”. Along with enjoying this solid story, take time to savor the words Grant has written.This is the second book in the Paul McGrath series, but the first one I have read. It works perfectly as a stand-alone novel, as a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a series until I looked it up. Fans of Michael Connelly will love this book.DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2020 Laura Hartman
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of uncorrected eBookPaul McGrath, working in the federal courthouse, continues his quest to serve justice. “Hiding in plain sight" in his janitor’s coveralls, Paul wield a mop in his quest for justice denied to others. More a “righter of wrongs” than a true vigilante, Paul uses skills honed during his intelligence agent years in the military to correct wrongs caused by a corrupt system. A file of missing evidence leads to an unexpected discovery that will ultimately have him question Review of uncorrected eBookPaul McGrath, working in the federal courthouse, continues his quest to serve justice. “Hiding in plain sight" in his janitor’s coveralls, Paul wield a mop in his quest for justice denied to others. More a “righter of wrongs” than a true vigilante, Paul uses skills honed during his intelligence agent years in the military to correct wrongs caused by a corrupt system. A file of missing evidence leads to an unexpected discovery that will ultimately have him question everything he thought he knew about his family.Following “Invisible,” Paul continues his quest for information about his father’s death and the man accused of murdering him. Interesting characters, an intriguing look at balancing right against the limits of the law, and an inventive premise all combine to create an entertaining quick read. Although things sometimes fall into place a bit too easily, some unexpected reveals take the story in surprising directions and keep the pages turning. Recommended.I received a free copy of this eBook from Random House Publishing Group --- Ballantine Books and NetGalley #TooCloseToHome #NetGalley
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  • Janeadams Adams
    January 1, 1970
    I'm usually a fan of this author, but Too Close To Home left me wondering why. The protagonist fancies himself a jankitor, cleaning up the messes unsavory people make, and in fact, that's what this former military intelligence officer is. Employed at the federal courthouse, he has access to miscarriages of justice and the means to remedy them. A self-described wandereing vigiliante, working with a former colleague who shares his mission, the Janitor stumbles on an incriminating file while I'm usually a fan of this author, but Too Close To Home left me wondering why. The protagonist fancies himself a jankitor, cleaning up the messes unsavory people make, and in fact, that's what this former military intelligence officer is. Employed at the federal courthouse, he has access to miscarriages of justice and the means to remedy them. A self-described wandereing vigiliante, working with a former colleague who shares his mission, the Janitor stumbles on an incriminating file while tidying up a courtroom presided over by a corrupt judge that reveals the truth about a fraud perpetrated on his father - the reason he took his menial job in the first place., B y the time he's verified its contents, tracedi ts ownership, and deconstructed the criminality it proves, the plot has worn thin and the characters' lack of complexity have ground the actiopn to a halt; along with the lack of complexity in the chafracters, it makes this a less than compelling read..
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  • Casey Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by the author that I have read. It is a solid book, but not what I call a page turner that the reader cannot put down. The premise is a janitor, who has an interesting history, who helps to solve crimes and right wrongs. Parts of the book are very good while others a little slow. Also, there seemed to be a rapid conclusion involving a number of flashbacks to fill out the story. Overall, not a bad read, but not an author I would go out of my way to read again.I have also This is the first book by the author that I have read. It is a solid book, but not what I call a page turner that the reader cannot put down. The premise is a janitor, who has an interesting history, who helps to solve crimes and right wrongs. Parts of the book are very good while others a little slow. Also, there seemed to be a rapid conclusion involving a number of flashbacks to fill out the story. Overall, not a bad read, but not an author I would go out of my way to read again.I have also posted my review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook page.
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  • Viccy
    January 1, 1970
    Paul McGrath has taken a job as a janitor at the courthouse. Nobody looks at janitors, he has the perfect cover. McGrath wants to take down Alex Pardew, who, he believes, was responsible for his father's death. And McGrath has the skills, he is a trained intelligence officer who has spent a lot of time in secret locations. McGrath and his buddy, Robson, are determined to buck a corrupt system and bring justice to people facing a corrupted justice system. This is the second book in the series; I Paul McGrath has taken a job as a janitor at the courthouse. Nobody looks at janitors, he has the perfect cover. McGrath wants to take down Alex Pardew, who, he believes, was responsible for his father's death. And McGrath has the skills, he is a trained intelligence officer who has spent a lot of time in secret locations. McGrath and his buddy, Robson, are determined to buck a corrupt system and bring justice to people facing a corrupted justice system. This is the second book in the series; I will be reading the first one and looking forward to more in the series. Recommended for all thriller readers.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in the Paul McGrath series, a terrific read, left a lot of unanswered questions. Too Close to Home provides the answers about his father’s death, the accused who was let off due to missing evidence, Paul’s misinformation about his mother dying during childbirth, and a whole lot of other family details. Paul is a white knight who gets swept up in situations about ordinary people who are manipulated by self-serving greedy individuals who have no conscience, ethical standards or The first book in the Paul McGrath series, a terrific read, left a lot of unanswered questions. Too Close to Home provides the answers about his father’s death, the accused who was let off due to missing evidence, Paul’s misinformation about his mother dying during childbirth, and a whole lot of other family details. Paul is a white knight who gets swept up in situations about ordinary people who are manipulated by self-serving greedy individuals who have no conscience, ethical standards or morals. Paul deals with them in a way that will have the reader cheering at the outcome. Andrew Grant is a writer who knows how to tell a great story.
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  • Louise Pledge
    January 1, 1970
    The three main thoughts running through my head as I read this were, "This author is extremely intelligent, This author is an excellent writer, This author had to have done his research for this one!" I also felt like I would never finish the book so checked Amazon to find out if it had, like, 600 pages (only 288). While it's usually a bad thing to feel like you'll never get to the end, it wasn't necessarily so with this one. It meant I could read it in smaller increments and still keep up with The three main thoughts running through my head as I read this were, "This author is extremely intelligent, This author is an excellent writer, This author had to have done his research for this one!" I also felt like I would never finish the book so checked Amazon to find out if it had, like, 600 pages (only 288). While it's usually a bad thing to feel like you'll never get to the end, it wasn't necessarily so with this one. It meant I could read it in smaller increments and still keep up with the story. It's been a very busy few weeks for me, and most books would have left me confused with the intervals in between story visits.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I've read by this author and it is a winner. Paul McGrath works as a custodian for the courthouse. For Paul, it's the perfect cover as he investigates the alleged murder of his father where the accused killer walked free. As his investigation progresses, things become more and more confusing and there are more questions than answers. All the questions are answered at the end but getting there is a thrill ride.This book put me in mind of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux This was the first book I've read by this author and it is a winner. Paul McGrath works as a custodian for the courthouse. For Paul, it's the perfect cover as he investigates the alleged murder of his father where the accused killer walked free. As his investigation progresses, things become more and more confusing and there are more questions than answers. All the questions are answered at the end but getting there is a thrill ride.This book put me in mind of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux series. The characters may not be as richly developed but the drama and suspense is right up there with the best.I highly recommend this book and I hope to read more from this author.
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  • Chris Lund
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up an advanced proof copy of this as a "Blind Date With a Book" grab from my local independent book shop. I'm not familiar with this author or series, and this is not one of my usual genres, but it looked fun so I gave it a try. While not particularly Earth-shattering, it was certainly an enjoyable read and kept me engaged pretty much from beginning to end. I can't say I loved every aspect of the way the story was resolved at the end, but if the mystery-crime-thriller novel is your I picked up an advanced proof copy of this as a "Blind Date With a Book" grab from my local independent book shop. I'm not familiar with this author or series, and this is not one of my usual genres, but it looked fun so I gave it a try. While not particularly Earth-shattering, it was certainly an enjoyable read and kept me engaged pretty much from beginning to end. I can't say I loved every aspect of the way the story was resolved at the end, but if the mystery-crime-thriller novel is your thing, I suspect this one will deliver.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a "new to me" author but if his other books are anything like this one I'll be reading those too. Do you love books where the lead character has a strong moral compass and a need to set things right? One who gives the regular folks a leg up on events set in motion by the uber rich or powerful? Then you'll like this new, well paced novel. It features a former US intelligence officer working as a janitor, using his positions 'invisibility' as a smokescreen. You'll never see the plot twist This is a "new to me" author but if his other books are anything like this one I'll be reading those too. Do you love books where the lead character has a strong moral compass and a need to set things right? One who gives the regular folks a leg up on events set in motion by the uber rich or powerful? Then you'll like this new, well paced novel. It features a former US intelligence officer working as a janitor, using his positions 'invisibility' as a smokescreen. You'll never see the plot twist coming but you'll love the ending.
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  • Robin Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the best books I've read in a while. Paul was raised with a good sense of right and wrong. However the legal system does not always mesh well with strong morals. Paul is a very complex character. Under the guise of a janitor in a court building, he has access to information he needs but shouldn't have. As Paul is investigating, some of the things he finds out hit closer to home than he expects. The ending was totally unexpected and blew me away. I'm looking forward to reading This was one of the best books I've read in a while. Paul was raised with a good sense of right and wrong. However the legal system does not always mesh well with strong morals. Paul is a very complex character. Under the guise of a janitor in a court building, he has access to information he needs but shouldn't have. As Paul is investigating, some of the things he finds out hit closer to home than he expects. The ending was totally unexpected and blew me away. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Paul McGrath is ex military currently working as a janitor in the courthouse. He works there to right wrongs. I have read the first book in this series and this is a continuation of the story. There is a lot going on and a lot of characters to keep track of. There is suspense, with some surprises that I didn’t see coming. This book was interesting enough to keep me reading but I didn’t enjoy it as much as others I have read by the author. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • Denice Langley
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when you have based your actions on a set of facts, only to find out after many years that your facts were wrong? Andrew Grant gives us the story of a man who has changed his whole life as he seeks vengeance against the people who wronged his father and caused his death. Now he has found files and information that he may not have all of the facts he needed. But is it too late to stop the consequences of his actions? A good mystery with a back story of be careful what you wish What happens when you have based your actions on a set of facts, only to find out after many years that your facts were wrong? Andrew Grant gives us the story of a man who has changed his whole life as he seeks vengeance against the people who wronged his father and caused his death. Now he has found files and information that he may not have all of the facts he needed. But is it too late to stop the consequences of his actions? A good mystery with a back story of be careful what you wish for......
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  • Don Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    (2 1/2). Lee Child’s younger brother, Andrew Grant, is getting much smoother in his presentations. This book is pretty solid most of the way. A blip in change of direction in the last 50 or so pages is disconcerting, but the strength of protagonist Paul McGrath and his buddy Robson help keep the wheels moving in the right direction. Not much for side characters here, just a far fetched story that is mostly fun. A nice vacation read. Reasonable stuff.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this one but sadly it fell short.The premise was great the execution not so much.I couldn't get into this for anything and wasted more time then I should've hoping midway it would've improved with quicker action and a clear cut ending.It seemed to stay steadily slow pace throughout with very little to excite the readers or alter the course of events.I tried but for me this wasn't my cup of tea.
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  • Jay Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pop up story. Every time the reader thinks they understand the background something new pops up to throw an entirely different cast on things. The protagonist is basically a vigilante, acting to combat evil-doing, particularly when the justice system appears to fail. The story is imaginative and interesting, and the characters are unique. This book reaches a definite ending, but lays the groundwork for an intriguing series. I hope to see more from this author.
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    I really need to check to see if books are in a series before I start reading them. There were a couple of places where I felt that I was missing some back information. It was a good book the ending is where I had some issues it just kinda hurried up and wrapped everything in a nice bow at the end.
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  • Linda Dossett
    January 1, 1970
    If you like Sherlock Holmes.... A Sherlock Holmes, wanna be? I tried to enjoy this story, found it dry and a little dull. The two main characters move in and out of criminal circumstances hunting clues and bad guys. The book is ok, just did not hold my interest. I kept jumping to other books and going back to this. If you enjoy who-done-it’s you may enjoy this one.
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