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Last Shot by Gregg Hurwitz
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Last Shot

by Gregg Hurwitz

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Walker Jameson murdered a fellow inmate and engineered his escape from super max for one reason, to avenge the death of his sister, Tess. It's up to U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley to flush him out but there's only one problem, his fugitive thinks too much like he does. Jameson is a mirror image of Rackley - similar upbringing, similar vocations, similar codes of honor - only Jameson is younger and still has his edge. As Rackley and Jameson hunt each other, and those people responsible for Tess's early desmise, they begin to slowly share resources to find the truth. The question is - when the last shot is fired, which man will be left alive?

Hurwitz has been hit or miss for me, but I enjoyed this one. I liked the internal struggle Rackley faced as he genuinely identified with Jameson and understood his need for vigilante justice but still felt duty-bound to bring him in. I also liked the partnership between Jameson and Bear. I've never cared for Rackley's wife, Dray, but there was little of her in this one. The book lost a star because I guessed the ending long in advance. I hate that. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006073146X, Hardcover)

A seemingly impossible prison escape. A powerful and corrupt company. And a little boy's life hanging in the balance. Three startling plot threads come together as deputy U.S. marshal Tim Rackley faces the most deadly adversary of his career—a man whose lethal skills, cunning, and single-minded determination make him a mirror image of Rackley himself.

Walker Jameson, dishonored Recon Marine, has pulled off an impossible break from California's Terminal Island Penitentiary. After starting a riot, he literally vanishes from his cell, leaving behind only a cup of mouthwash, a strand of dental floss tied to one cell bar, and the body of a sadistic killer.

Tim Rackley, elite man hunter, must solve the riddle and track Walker down. But uncertainty begins to color the mission as Rackley learns more about his quarry and the death of the escaped prisoner's sister, a suicide that looks increasingly like a murder. Walker, too, has begun a bloody investigation of his own, a mission that propels him through the dark underworld of a big pharmaceutical company and its cutting-edge therapeutic viruses. But the life of Walker's nephew, a young boy suffering from a fatal disorder, hangs in the balance, and if Rackley hopes to stop the bloodshed, he must put the pieces together, even if it means battling a lethal opponent every inch his equal.

A riveting thriller, a shocking look behind the scenes of one of America's most corrupt corporate sectors, and an exploration of the depths of a mother's love, Last Shot is a white-knuckled, complex drama, full of razor-sharp action and startling twists and turns, written by one of the finest suspense novelists working today.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:52 -0400)

A seemingly impossible prison escape. A powerful and corrupt company. And a little boy's life hanging in the balance. Three startling plot threads come together as deputy U.S. marshal Tim Rackley faces the most deadly adversary of his career-a man whose lethal skills, cunning, and single-minded determination make him a mirror image of Rackley himself. Walker Jameson, dishonored Recon Marine, has pulled off an impossible break from California's Terminal Island Penitentiary. After starting a riot, he literally vanishes from his cell, leaving behind only a cup of mouthwash, a strand of dental floss tied to one cell bar, and the body of a sadistic killer. Tim Rackley, elite man hunter, must solve the riddle and track Walker down. But uncertainty begins to color the mission as Rackley learns more about his quarry and the death of the escaped prisoner's sister, a suicide that looks increasingly like a murder. Walker, too, has begun a bloody investigation of his own, a mission that propels him through the dark underworld of a big pharmaceutical company and its cutting-edge therapeutic viruses. But the life of Walker's nephew, a young boy suffering from a fatal disorder, hangs in the balance, and if Rackley hopes to stop the bloodshed, he must put the pieces together, even if it means battling a lethal opponent every inch his equal.… (more)

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