A Si Reardon Novel
by Sidney Williams
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Pub Date 24 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2020
Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot
Si Reardon knows nobody wants to hire an ex-cop fresh out of prison unless it’s for a job nobody wants.
His only offer’s from Rose Cantor, an elegant and beautiful “special counsel” who just wants him to take a meeting.
Her clients Grace and Adam Holst are asking for extreme justice. A very bad man named Valentine Alexeeva, a criminal on the rise, once ordered the deaths of their young daughters over a business deal gone wrong. Alexeeva covered his tracks well. Now he’s still deadly but cultivating a classy façade and making friends in high places.
Si would like to say no, but he has a daughter of his own who’s in danger, and he needs money fast.
Dealing with Alexeeva means jeopardizing everything and drawing on contacts Si met in lockup plus The McCluskeys, a pair of weird, bayou-dwelling brothers with a few nefarious enterprises of their own.
And Si knows no job is ever as simple as it looks. He soon finds himself embroiled in a game with Alexeeva and his brutal minions, a game that could earn Si a bit of redemption or cost him his freedom or his life.
“What is it you want me to do?” Si asks them. “We want you to kill the devil, Mr. Reardon.” The action unfolds speedily, as Si prepares for his mission and gathers his team, which includes Crystal, a sex worker with a talent for improvisation. This thriller-cum-caper will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. Si is sure to win loyal fans for his future adventures. -- Publisher's Weekly
Average rating from 4 members
The first book of what I assume will be a series, this is a solid, entertaining thriller. The hero is likable, with a nice assortment of strengths and flaws, and his crew is engaging. Good action sequences, a New Orleans setting, a plot with a number of twists, and a mastermind villain who will almost surely show up in future stories. There is a tease that slavic pagan magic might be involved to some degree; I suspect this will be brought forward in later books.
I will read more of these as they come out.
Great book. I enjoyed seeing what would happen next while rooting for his group of friends and for them to find the girls. My first book by this author but definitely not my last.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Fool's Run by Sidney Williams is a superb read! It is an engrossing page turner of a read well worth the time spent
I like this book because it's well written in a tough language, the pace is very good, there are twists and thrills, and it's fast and easy to read. The characters are easy to believe, and the plot is basic, but good.
I've read an ARC with some errors, like the main macho crook having a female name, and I hope these will be corrected.