Architect of Courage
by Victoria Weisfeld
June 20 - July 15, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
In June 2011, September was weeks away, and the full dread of the approaching anniversary hadn’t yet settled on New York City’s residents. But from One Police Plaza to the FBI’s grim headquarters in Washington, D.C., the top brass harbor a rumbling in the gut. Each person who works for them down the line shares their unease, from every rookie cop walking the beat to the lowliest surveillance specialist. And Archer Landis is about to get caught up in their fixation.
Landis is not one of his city’s guardians, and a different sort of electricity runs under his skin on this warm Thursday evening. A highly successful Manhattan architect—a man you’d say has his life totally, enviably, in order—Landis works the room at a Midtown reception, shaking hands, being seen, accompanying his cheerful greetings with the convivial clinking of ice in an untouched glass of scotch.
When the noisy crowd becomes sufficiently dense and everyone present can say they’ve seen him, he will slip away. Out on Fifth Avenue, he will grab a cab for the run south to Julia’s Chelsea apartment. It’s a trip that will hurtle him into deadly danger. Everyone and everything he cares about most will be threatened, and he will have to discover whether he has the courage to fight his way clear.
I liked this novel where an average individual is thrust into an overwhelming situation. Landis, the head of a successful architect firm, discovers a murder and shortly his life is turned on end. I like how he has to figure out the murder, why he has had been deceived, and what it all means. All too soon his own life is in danger.
I like Weisfeld's writing style. The narrative flowed well and the pace of the plot was consistent. I liked how Landis was developed as an amateur sleuth on a mission to understand all that has happened to him while making sure he stays alive. The plot structure seemed to have a few convenient coincidences but otherwise was good.
I like to learn something when I read a novel and in this one I appreciated all the information about building design and the thought that goes into a well designed one. There was also the interesting issue of designing a building with a view to anticipating how terrorists might attack it, especially if the building will be built near what could be a terrorist's target. The information was woven into the plot well.
This is an interesting murder mystery exploring issues of architecture and terrorism.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Author Bio:www.vweisfeld.com. She is a frequent book reviewer for the UK website, crimefictionlover.com.
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(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.)