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Too Close to Home: A Novel (Paul McGrath) by…

Too Close to Home: A Novel (Paul McGrath)

by Andrew Grant

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"As an intelligence agent-turned-courthouse janitor, Paul McGrath notices everything and everyone--but no one notices him. It's the perfect cover for the justice he seeks for both his father and the people who've been wronged by a corrupt system. Now McGrath has discovered a missing file on Alex Pardew--the man who defrauded and likely murdered his father but avoided conviction, thanks in large part to the loss of this very file. And what lies behind its disappearance is even worse than McGrath had feared. Meanwhile, at the courthouse, McGrath stumbles onto the case of Len Hendrie, a small businessman who's been accused of torching a venture capitalist's mansion in Westchester. Hendrie admits to starting the fire, but then McGrath learns how the investor has preyed on average Joes to benefit himself--and his extensive wine collection. McGrath can't resist looking deeper into this financial predator, and he soon finds himself in a grey area between his avenging moral compass and the limits of the law. Then, just as the Hendrie case is heating up, McGrath receives word of the death of his father's former housekeeper, sending him back to his family home to confront unfinished business from his past. And he's about to find some unwelcome truths about the mother he lost as a child--and the father who hid even more secrets than he realized"--… (more)

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First person narrative drags

While all of the elements of a first-rate thriller are here, this book would be much more readable if it were not in the first person. Lots and lots of extra words slow everything down and the book is not readable, really. And it's about a lone ranger vigilante. All in all, not a book I recommend at all.

I received a review copy of "Too Close to Home" by Andrew Grant from Random House – Ballantine through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 7, 2020 |
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Paul McGrath, working in the federal courthouse, continues his quest to serve justice. “Hiding in plain sight" in his janitor’s coveralls, Paul wield a mop in his quest for justice denied to others. More a “righter of wrongs” than a true vigilante, Paul uses skills honed during his intelligence agent years in the military to correct wrongs caused by a corrupt system. A file of missing evidence leads to an unexpected discovery that will ultimately have him question everything he thought he knew about his family.

Following “Invisible,” Paul continues his quest for information about his father’s death and the man accused of murdering him. Interesting characters, an intriguing look at balancing right against the limits of the law, and an inventive premise all combine to create an entertaining quick read. Although things sometimes fall into place a bit too easily, some unexpected reveals take the story in surprising directions and keep the pages turning.


I received a free copy of this eBook from Random House Publishing Group --- Ballantine Books and NetGalley
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  jfe16 | Oct 18, 2019 |
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