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Set on the Isle of Man, this beautifully plotted thriller from Ewan (The Good Thief's Guide to Venice and three other mysteries starring professional thief Charlie Howard) offers as many twists and turns as motorcycle enthusiast Rob Hale encounters during the British dependency's annual TT (Tourist Trophy) time-trial races. After a motorcycle accident catapults Rob into the hospital, he learns there's no evidence that Lena, the attractive blonde he'd just met who was riding on the back of his bike, ever existed. Determined to prove Lena wasn't a figment of his imagination, Rob teams with PI Rebecca Lewis in an investigation that becomes increasingly convoluted and dangerous as they uncover links to the suicide of Rob's sister, Laura, a few weeks earlier and unearth surprising secrets about the mysterious Lena. Meanwhile, a number of ruthless players work at cross purposes, and Rob and Rebecca take a lot of hard knocks at their hands. Ewan's carefully placed clues will elicit several "aha" moments from readers as his heroes battle toward understanding and resolution. Agent: Valerie Borchardt, the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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On the secluded Isle of Man, Rob Hale and a beautiful woman he just met, Lena, set out on his motorcycle for a ride. The next thing he knows, he wakes up in the hospital with a concussion and is being questioned by a couple of detectives. He's understandably concerned about the lovely Lena, whose arms were so recently wrapped around his waist, but he is told that no such person exists. When a London PI approaches him, offering her help, Rob accepts but is soon shocked to learn that the sleuth has a connection to his sister, Laura, who supposedly killed herself a few weeks prior to his accident. As events snowball beyond his control, Rob finds himself up to his ears in conspiracy, and he'll need all the help he can get to stay alive. Verdict The author of the "Good Thief's Guide" series (The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam) has created an affable, everyman character with Rob Hale and placed him firmly in the middle of a cat-and-mouse game that is much larger than the quaint locale in which he lives. With a narrative that switches deftly from bad guys to good guys and plenty of suspense, this novel is anything but safe and will appeal to thriller and suspense fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]-Kristin Centorcelli, Denton, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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When Rob Hale regains consciousness after crashing his motorcycle, he finds himself in the middle of a mystery. Lena, the young women who was with him on the cycle ride, has gone missing, leaving no signs of her existence, with authorities questioning the accuracy of Rob's memory. But Rob finds an ally in London private investigator Rebecca Lewis, who's been summoned by Rob's mother after the apparent suicide of his sister, Laura, just weeks earlier. Together Rebecca and Rob uncover a dangerous labyrinth of cover-ups and corruption that proves to have links to Laura's secret life and puts their lives at risk. Rob Hale is a plumber, an Everyman who begins to trust no one as he becomes an inadvertent but canny player in an operation with extremely high stakes. Ewan, author of the Good Thief series of lighthearted capers, adds depth in this much more serious stand-alone, set on the Isle of Man, his home turf. With its well-structured plot, crisp dialogue, and moral ambiguities, this is a compelling mystery that could win him new fans.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist