Saturday, September 22, 2018
The Negotiator by Brendan DuBois
The Negotiator admits he chose the dark path in life. He has an uncanny gift. He can look at a priceless book, jewels, a painting, and tell what they're worth. So he acts as a go-between in negotiations between parties who don't trust each other, for a price. He does have three rules. No drugs. No human beings (no human or sex trafficking) deals. He won't do anything that he feels is against the best interests of the United States.
With one job, though, the Negotiator gets a little careless. He usually doesn't agree to meet at private homes. But he and his employee accept one job, meeting at a house to examine a painting. There's trouble; shots fired; and everything goes wrong. The negotiator is forced to exit through a window. Now, he has to examine what happened while he plans his revenge.
Women, the FBI, guns, violence. They all come into play as the Negotiator is blocked every step of his way. But, there's a wonderful ending with multiple twists in this fast-paced novel.
Fan of a lovable antihero? If you appreciate stories with non-stop action and twists, stories of carefully plotted revenge, try Brendan Dubois' The Negotiator.
This is not really part of the review, but the following short excerpt is one more reason I love the Negotiator character. He regularly uses small town public libraries. In the following, he and Carla, an FBI agent, have stopped at a library to do some research. (Please excuse the incorrect use of quotations marks. I'm just going to quote the text as written.)
"A helpful male librarian...directed Carla and I (sic) to the banks of the computers, and as we sat down, Carla said, "What a waste of space."
"All these old books, all these crowded shelves."..."Everything out there can be scanned and stored."
"Then what? An EMP pulse, a screw-up in some computer file, or a zombie apocalypse later, these books will still be patiently waiting on shelves, waiting to be read. What do you think of when I say the word archipelago?"
The keyboard tapping went on. "You haven't said that word."
"I just did."
"All right, I suppose Indonesia. Or the Philippines. Or maybe the old Soviet prison system."
"Extra points for the Gulag reference, Carla. When I think of archipelago, I think of all these hundreds of libraries, spread across the country, all of them a little island of knowledge. Each existing by themselves, each connected to each other."
I love The Negotiator. Thank you, Brendan DuBois.
Brendan DuBois' website is www.brendandubois.com
The Negotiator by Brendan DuBois. Midnight Ink, 2018. ISBN 9780738754017 (paperback), 295p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received this book to review for a journal.