THE Promise is the 16th novel in the series of books by Robert Crais following LA detectives Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
However, this time they are joined by LAPD officer Scott James and his faithful patrol dog Maggie, the heroes of his stand-alone novel Suspect.
The two worlds start to collide right from the opening chapters, when Cole’s investigation into the disappearance of a grieving mother leads him to the same house into which James is chasing an armed thief.
What James discovers inside the building throws his life into danger, and it is soon in all their best interests that the woman is found. Flitting between narratives, the tension is held taut and the action doesn’t stop. The inclusion of chapters from Maggie’s point of view are a bit ridiculous.
However, with themes of terrorism, war and the devastating nature of loss, this is a clever tale that is much more than just another cheesy thriller.
Orion, €22.50; ebook, €11.90
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