Rick Mofina- No Way Back (Pinnacle Books 2003) 4 Stars
When a jewellery store heist goes wrong Ann Reed finds herself being held hostage by the fleeing criminals who just happen to be psychopathic killers. A cop is murdered in the getaway and now reporter Tom Reed has been given the assignment of a lifetime, he gets to cover career-making story. Tom is hoping that this will be his last story and when he finds out that his wife is the hostage the story becomes personal. Tom will soon discover that he knows one of the men who took his wife, through a story in a crime series he sent the man back to prison and caused the suicide of the man’s wife. Now the man has taken Tom’s wife and intends to set up a trap to teach Tom a brutal lesson.
Canadian author Rick Mofina writes a nail-biting thriller. At first I was not sure what I thought of this novel, but once I got into it I could not put it down. The introduction is good as it draws the reader in and starts with an action scene that makes the reader wonder what they have gotten themselves into. Am I going to end up with nightmares of being held hostage by a psychotic killer? Then it slows down a bit to let us get to know Tom Reed and his background, first knowing him as a reporter and family man who wants to get out of the dark and dangerous stories business. Quickly we learn that his reporting of dangerous stories is an addiction, and as you read on you wonder if this story is going to be the cure for his addiction. We also see him getting a taste of his own medicine as he comes face-to-face with reporters who mirror his aggressive style as they chase after him for interviews. The situation becomes more tense as it goes on, letting know important details on the criminals who are responsible for the heist/hostage taking. The ending was fairly good, although I was somehow hoping for a little bit more.
I recommend No Way Back to anyone who loves a good thriller.
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