Danger in Plain Sight
by Burt Weissbourd
on Tour June 1-30, 2020
It took fourteen years to construct a safe world for her and her son--and only one night for her ex to unravel it.
Celebrated Seattle restaurateur Callie James is more than a little thrown when her ex-husband, French investigative reporter Daniel Odile-Grand, shows up after fourteen years asking for her help. Even more disturbing: as she throws him out, Daniel is deliberately hit by a car, hurled through the front window of her restaurant--broken, bloody and unconscious. He flees from the hospital and breaks into Callie's apartment, where he passes out. Reluctantly, Callie hides him. When she gets back to her restaurant, two assassins walk in, insisting that she find Daniel for them by tonight or pay the consequences.
Overwhelmed and hopelessly out of her depth, Callie hires the only man she knows who can help her: Cash Logan, her former bartender, a man she had arrested for smuggling ivory through her restaurant two years earlier, and who still hasn't forgiven her.
The assassins blow up her restaurant. It's Callie's nightmare. And the worst is yet to come as she and her unlikely, incompatible ally discover that the most perilous dangers are far closer to home than they'd imagined.
This novel got off to a slow start for me but I liked it in the end. It is a novel for readers who like suspenseful scenes interspersed with long passages of description, back story or character thoughts. As a new character arrives on the scene, there is up to a page and a half of back story, even when the last scene ended in dire circumstances. At one point a character was reminded of a long buried memory of when he was twelve. (153) I don't really like that writing style but there was enough action included to ultimately move the plot along at a steady pace.
Because of all the character back story and thought, the characters are well developed. The character transformation in Callie was well done. The plot is complex, involving high money stakes, international trade in armaments, and very powerful men who can have life threatening or life saving action instigated with a phone call. That latter aspect of the plot made the resolution of the suspense a bit more than believable.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Blue City Press
Publication Date: May 5th 2020
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 1733438211 (ISBN13: 9781733438216)
Series: A Callie James Thriller, 1
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Burt Weissbourd is a novelist and former screenwriter and producer of feature films. He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Yale University, with honors in psychology. His book, Danger in Plain Sight, published on May 15th 2020, is the first book in his new Callie James thriller series. His earlier books include Inside Passage, Teaser, Minos, and In Velvet, all of which will be reissued in Fall 2020.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partner in Crime Virtual Book Tours.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)