1414º by Paul Bradley Carr is a very highly recommended unique
and gripping mystery/thriller that takes on Silicon Valley
Journalist Lou McCarthy is fearless in reporting the toxic truth surrounding the Silicon Valley
billionaire bro-ciopaths who get away with all manner of criminal actions. Her latest article for the Bay Area Herald exposes
the CTO of Raum, a private tech company, as
a sexual predator who has
assaulted young women for years. The same day her controversial expose'
is published, there is an Raum event where the official announcement of
the multi-billion dollar initial
public offering will be made. What happens instead is that the CTO
takes his life as does another man who was a subject of one of Lou's
articles. Lou is blamed for their deaths, fired, and while running for
her life is suddenly rescued by Helen Tyler, a powerful member of Raum’s
crisis-management team, but so much more. The two begin an investigation
together that points to a much deeper, meticulously projected series of
events planned by a person who calls themselves Fate, and Fate has a
meticulously crafted agenda in the works.
1414º features intelligent, strong, likable, self-assured, and
diverse female protagonists. The characters are all depicted as
believable individuals with strengths and flaws, although most of the
characters are antagonists or trolls, there are a few good men. Lou is
an excellent character to carry the plot and is believable as a
journalist whose passion is to investigate, dig deep, and seek out the
truth. Even with their small part of the plot, Lou's mom and her friend Carol are awesome, tough women you would want to know.
This is an extraordinary, unique, complex well-written mystery that is engrossing
from start to finish. It is both fast paced and satisfying. You will
not be able to predict the ending, which is a wonderfully remarkable
occurrence and encouraged me to continue reading late into the night. The actual mystery/thriller is
strong, compelling, and unparalleled in the plot and characters. The final denouement was very satisfying.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Snafublishing.