Ruthless by John Rector
Thomas & Mercer: 6/1/2015
eBook review copy, 270 pages
trade paperback ISBN-13: 9781477827628
Ruthless by John Rector is a highly recommended crime novel that
pulls off the feeling of a vintage noir novel in a contemporary setting.
Nick White is down on his luck man who is separated from his wife and
drinks too much. While having a drink at his favorite bar a blond woman
he does not know mistakes him for someone she is supposed to meet. Nick
flirtatiously plays along for fun and she ends up giving him a manila
envelope meant for the other man. The envelope contains $20,000, a
flashdrive, and the picture of the young woman she wants gone. Nick
tries to contact the police, but when circumstances result in the hired
killer who was supposed to get the envelope spotting Nick and getting
his address, he flees.
Nick eventually, with help from his ex-cop father, figures out the young
woman in the picture is Abigail Pierce, and the woman who hired him is
Patricia Holloway. They both have a connection to Daniel Holloway, and Nick thinks he knows why Patricia wants Abigail
killed. Instead of leaving and hiding out for a while as his father
suggested, Nick decides to warn Abigail and soon they are both clearly
in danger from a trio of ruthless killers.
Ruthless is a fast paced thriller where the action moves quickly
along (except for the variety of occasions where Nick takes a lot of
time to drink) so there is a real sense of urgency. Nick is basically a
likeable protagonist who is trying to do the right thing and save
Abigail, even though he doesn't quite know the best way to proceed and
is clearly not a match for the men threatening them. The hired killers
are creepy-old-school and very sinister and threatening which keeps the
tension high. Rector throws in a nice plot twist that raises the
narrative above a routine scenario.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of the publisher and TLC for review purposes.
TLC Book Tour