by Nick Pirog
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Pub Date 28 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 14 Mar 2023
After getting canned from the Seattle PD, brilliant, wisecracking Thomas Prescott follows his sister Lacy to Philadelphia, where she swims on the Drexel University team. While Thomas’s slapstick antics mask a keen analytic mind, it’s his nose for trouble that leads him again and again into dicey situations. The ex–homicide detective is not long in Philly before getting caught up in two high-powered criminal cases.
Thomas stumbles into a crime scene amid the Occupy Philadelphia protests. Activist Brooke Wexley has been strangled within sight of city hall. While demonstrating against economic inequality, the college student hid her own family’s wealthy background. The über-rich Wexleys have many dark secrets—one of which may have led to Brooke’s violent death.
Thomas is also called to join an emergency multiagency task force on the trail of a prolific serial killer who leaves gruesome calling cards: a three-digit number carved on each of his many victims. It’s when Thomas realizes the murders are linked to the Numbers—the old illegal street lottery—that his investigation shifts into high gear. The trail jumps back to the past before rushing back to the present like a tsunami of fire, bent on revenge.
Amid all this, Lacy has a health scare, and Thomas’s priorities shift. Encountering gambling church ladies, felonious businessmen, and murderous mobsters—with an investigation hampered by a competitive colleague and Lacy’s narcoleptic pug—Thomas must summon all his considerable powers to root out the guilty and dangerous while caring for his adored sister.
Reader’s Note: This book takes place when Thomas Prescott is thirty years old (three years before the events of Unforeseen). If you are new to the Thomas Prescott series, this is the perfect place to start!
A Note From the Publisher
Nick Pirog is the bestselling author of the Thomas Prescott series, the 3:00 a.m. series, and The Speed of Souls. A Colorado native, he now lives in South Lake Tahoe with his pup, Potter.
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Good book! This book had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, serial killers, and great detective work! The storyline was very interesting and had me glued to my Kindle! I will definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
Fantastic book by Nick Pirog! I really laughed at different parts of the book- his sarcasm really shines through, even in a book that has two different cases to solve. I really loved that we got to have a peek at Thomas's early life (right after he was fired from detective job, when he and his sister Lacy move to Philly) and see what Lacy was like before the diagnosis and right after. This book is before the Unforseen book, but written after. It makes me want to read the whole series again! I love all the books by this author and can't wait to read more.
Excellent story with murders from the past and present linked by numbers. An additional murder is also key to the plot development as wise-cracking former Seattle Detective Prescott applies his unique gifts to “help” Philadelphia’s best and the FBI solve the murders.
Super book! Fun to read with great humor, good character depth and several intriguing mysteries.. Thomas Prescott solves the various murders with logic, common sense and luck. Additional storylines about his sister and his romantic (?) affairs lend more intrigue and interest.
Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the opportunity to read this super book.