>> Sunday, July 26, 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge #35
First of all, a great big Thank You to Literary Feline at Musings of a Bookish Kitty for sparking my interest in this book with her review. I was initially disappointed that neither of my libraries had it, so I did submit a purchase request, but being my usual impatient self, went the interlibrary loan route. The interlibrary request process was quick and easy (thank you Washington County Cooperative Library System). Now that I’ve read the book, I’ve handed it to The Hubster so he can read it before it’s due back.
Pat Nolan arrives in Paris to claim his daughter’s body. The French police show him her suicide note, but the shock and disbelief have him stunned. Then he goes to the morgue to make the identification and is shown a body that he knows is not his daughter's. Quickly processing the few clues he has, he tells the police that the body is his daughter, even though he knows it is not.
What follows is a roller coaster of a ride through France, Morocco, The Czech Republic and many other parts of Europe and North Africa. Who is Megan Nolan? Is she the terrorist that the French Police seem to think she is? Is she the impetuous and independent free-lance journalist her father thinks she is? He hasn’t seen her in over a year and they’ve been pretty much estranged for many years, so does her father really know her?
Soon Pat Nolan and the French policewoman assigned to the case find themselves on their own and in danger. Saudi police, French intelligence agencies, the FBI, known terrorists as well as gypsies become part of the action. Interspersed with the current activities are flashbacks to the past year of Megan’s life telling her side of what led up to the current mess.
It’s a fast paced, suspenseful read. I enjoyed the story and ended up liking the main characters despite not liking them much at first. Lots of twists and turns kept me guessing and the story of a fairly current nature with terrorists and various national security concerns scooping up both innocent and not-so innocent bystanders was a nice change of pace from the typical murder mystery type of suspense story.