Jeffery Deaver- Hell’s Kitchen (Pocket Books 2001) 4 Stars
Hell’s Kitchen is known as a place where no one is safe, but big business is trying to move in and clean things up. John Pellam is trying to make a documentary on Hell’s Kitchen and steps into something dangerous and deadly. As Ettie Washington, the woman he is interviewing for his movie is accused of having burned down her apartment building for the insurance money. Pellam thinks she is innocent, despite being told she is not by everyone else, but proving her innocence could be the last thing he does.
The introduction was great; it sets the reader up for a wild ride, grabbing your attention immediately. It was a fairly fast-paced read, with its slower sections. The plot was good, with lots of twists and turns. Many of the twists I did not see coming, but a couple were predictable. I did not enjoy the rest of this series, so this one was a pleasant surprise. The characters were pretty good, and I enjoyed getting to know them in the book. The setting was great and I found it interesting learning about this area and their culture. I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery/thriller.
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