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The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens

The Guise of Another (2015)

by Allen Eskens

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[b: The Guise of Another|25614426|The Guise of Another|Allen Eskens|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1436810359s/25614426.jpg|45228097] has a rather fantastic premise.

A man dies in a violent car crash. When a lawyer looks into contacting his next of kin it's discovered that he isn't who he says he is. So who's the dead man? Why did he steal someone else's identity? The case, which easily could have simply been fraud, turns into something far larger. Blackmail and murder, mercenaries and deceit. The book has the makings of something positively lovely indeed. There's even a bit of a treasure hunt.

For me, where the book failed to deliver was primarily in tone. It wavered between pulp fiction, with a villain worthy of a Bond novel and something far more serious and dramatic - which is where the novel seemed to want to stay. The serious tone made the story less fun than I felt it should be, and the writing style was far too dry to truly pull sympathy from me.

While the choices that were made in this book set it apart from most of the genre, I felt the story a bit too dark to be truly impactful. When I read a novel like this, I either want to be entertained or to feel something. I much would have preferred the former. If less drama existed within this book I feel it would have been more dramatic overall. By focusing more on a single character's tragedy the tragedy would have been more potent. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This is another book for the work book club. My initial thoughts are it is considerably darker than the first and third books. Its more of a thriller, than a mystery. Or, the mystery is solved early on, but than turns into a cat and mouse chase.

I also didn't like any of the characters, from Alexander, to his brother. The only character I really liked was the car victim who died in the first chapter of the book.

The chapters are short, and its a really quick read. Its really a 3.25 star book, but I gave it an extra 1/2 star due the Minnesota setting. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 9, 2018 |
Why do so many writers make their villains cartoons? The drooling Drago is off the charts with his cruelty, efficiency and humorlessness. Right down to the scar. Oy. I skimmed and skipped a lot of his doings and because he was written with zero subtlety or flair, I didn’t miss a thing.

Alexander wasn’t believable at all. He’s immature and simple. Too simple and emotionally unaware to be a cop, never mind an undercover. Compare him with Frank Mackey from Tana French’s books and you’ll see what I mean. Alexander doesn’t have the wit, guile, suspicion or manipulativeness to succeed there. He lets Ianna play him like a violin. Your live-in boyfriend of three years is suddenly killed and you display no grief, pain, anger, despair or any other normal emotion and instead throw your oh-so-perfect body at me? Of course! I’m so manly and irresistible that this is completely normal. Suspect her, me? Why no. Of course not. Some cop. Not to mention his terrible “investigation” into Putnam’s death. The keyring shouldn’t have popped out of nowhere, he should have had it, the bank box key and the stupid thumb drive in his possession in the first day. Bah.

But here’s a funny thing. During the wind up as I was getting to the end I wished out loud that everyone would die at the end of the book (Max aside) and guess what...they do! Yay!
I have another Eskens book that I got on the cheap, and I’ll read it eventually, but not soon. Ugh. ( )
  Bookmarque | Feb 9, 2018 |
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I enjoyed this book. A faced paced story with lots of action. Perhaps a little over the top with the angst of the main character but on the whole a satisfying read, ( )
  danojacks | Jan 5, 2017 |
The only thing that ties The Guise of Another to Allen Eskens' first book The Life We Bury is the presence of Max Rupert, but this book is younger brother Alex's show-- and it's a scary one. A dead man happens to have used a stolen identity. When Alex starts looking for the man's true identity, up pops an assassin, a veteran of the Balkan wars, who will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals.

The pace is swift, and readers' minds will fill with questions: Who's doing what? Why are they doing it? Who can be believed? Eskens ties all these questions to another masterful characterization. The more readers learn about Alex Rupert, the more they will wonder what, precisely, is going on. Because Alex is a master of revealing very little. Once everyone treats you with suspicion, you learn to keep things to yourself. But being one man against the world isn't a good thing when an assassin is headed your way.

I enjoy the way Eskens writes. The pacing, the setting, and the action are all vivid, and he has a way of getting into his characters' heads that draws the readers right in, too. I'm looking forward to his next book. ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 18, 2016 |
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Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective and Medal of Valor winner, is under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. Reassigned to the Frauds Unit, he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Rupert sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation. But the case puts him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, who has been searching for "James Putnam" for years.… (more)

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