Tell No Lies
by Greg Hurwitz
2013/ 382 pages
read by Scot Brick 12h 39m
rating: B+ / crime thriller
I finally got around to this book which has been on my wish list for eons – I guess because I’m on a crime kick and I really enjoyed the two priors I listened to which used the combination of Hurwitz and Brick. Now Hurwitz has a new book out with Brick reading although it might be a bit before I get to it. There are other Hurwitz/Brick books I haven’t read. After this one I’m not sure how much further I want to go with Brick (more below).
Daniel Brasher is a councilor of violent felons who are trying to make something of themselves on the outside. He’s pretty straightforward with them and although it’s dangerous, this method usually gets good results. Then one day he gets a letter in his home mailbox which was intended for someone else – it’s a serious threat to a life. And someone dies. Then he gets another letter – and someone else dies.
The characters are great – There’s Daniel Brasher who comes from an old and very rich San Francisco family but he no longer works for the family business. His wife, Cristina, is of Mexican descent and works in community activism. Daniel’s mother Evelyn is a total and complete snob and an incredibly intrusive mother who has a viscous sharp tongue in the bargain. She’s a horror in the pantheon of mothers (to say nothing of mothers-in-law) and Daniel’s cross to bear – fun to read though.
After the first murders, Daniel begins to cooperate heavily with the SF police department complete with Theresa Dooley, a smart, tough, Black female detective. And then along comes Leo Rizk, the body-guard his mother hires for his and Christina’s protection. It looks like the suspects are the members of his counseling group. But which one is a serial killer and why would he/she want to and finally, how does Daniel come into the picture? The six group members are hard to distinguish except that 2 of them are women and one is Chinese and there are a couple Mexican males and the one remaining is a white male I guess.
Although Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators (the man can bring tension to a cookbook) he might not be the right reader for this one – he goes a bit over-the-top for some of the material which had it been said in a gentler tone would have more accurately reflected a scared person trying to cooperate with the authorities – or two cops just talking to each other about the case. As it is everyone sounds suspicious and antagonistic almost all the time.