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In this thrill-packed stand-alone from Thriller Award-finalist Hurwitz (The Survivor), Daniel Brasher, a counselor working with ex-cons in San Francisco, receives an anonymous, semi-literate letter in his mailbox that reads: "admit what youv done. or you will bleed for it." The letter is actually addressed to someone else, a man who, Brasher soon discovers, has just been brutally murdered. When he receives two more threat letters, each addressed to a new person, it becomes clear that the killer is sending a message. Brasher must examine the messy entanglements of his life to discover just why the killer is targeting him in this fashion. While at times a bit cloak and dagger-once Brasher looks in a standing mirror only to realize that "beyond the tilted bottom frame of the mirror" the killer's boots are peaking out-the mystery lover will want to carry though until the somewhat strained end to learn the link between Brasher and the murderer. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Daniel Brasher, a San Francisco group counselor, finds an envelope addressed to someone else in his office mail, an envelope that contains what appears to be a death threat leveled at someone Daniel doesn't know, and even more disturbing, the threat appears to have already been carried out. Soon more envelopes appear, and before you can say this all sounds a little implausible, Daniel is knee-deep in a murderer's devilish plot, running a race against time to protect his family. You can always depend on Hurwitz to deliver the goods, but this time, uncharacteristically, the goods aren't quite as exciting as they usually are. Nothing wrong with the story except, perhaps, that extra dollop of implausibility but it doesn't have the same hyperrealistic feel, the same level of suspense and drama, as such earlier Hurwitz jewels as The Survivor (2012) and They're Watching (2010). Compared to the author's recent output, the book feels a little too slick. Still recommendable to his fans, and to readers who like a good ordinary-man-in-extraordinary-circumstances thriller, but it's not prime Hurwitz.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist