Author: T.A. Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Just another day at the office.
For some people that means spreadsheets, and for others it’s stitching endless hems. For Jacob Archer a day at the office is stealing proprietary information from a bioengineering firm for a paranoid software billionaire. He’s a liar and a thief, parlaying a glib tongue and a facile conscience into a lucrative career. He just has one rule—never get involved with a mark.
Well, had one rule. To be fair though, Simon Ramsey is dark, dangerous, and has shoulders like a Greek statue. Besides, it’s not as though Jacob’s even really stealing from Simon… just his boss and his brother-in-law. Simon didn’t buy that excuse either after he caught Jacob breaking into the company’s computer network.
That would have been that—one messy breakup, one ticket to Bali booked—but it turns out that the stolen information is worth more than Jacob thought. With his life—and his ribs—threatened, Jacob needs Simon to help him out. Or maybe he just needs Simon.
There’s no waiting line when it comes to experiencing the heart of the action in this contemporary mystery. Jacob gets right into the thick of things that immediately puts him at odds with Simon – a man he never should have gotten involved with from the get go. But, too late, he is involved and this may be the one mark that could turn the liar into an honest man (maybe).
I was actually pretty amazed at Jacob’s guile. In his chosen profession, I suppose it was a handy character trait to possess and I was impressed with how easily he could come up with cunning ways to accomplish his objectives. I don’t think I’ve run across another character in a book that was as easy in his skin and unapologetic about doing something against the law and using other people just like tools to help him do so.
I liked the connection between Jacob and Simon. Despite the situation that put them at odds and broke the trust, Simon still saw some redeemable quality in Jacob and Jacob couldn’t quite bring himself to dismiss Simon like any other random mark. There was that intangible connection that kept them going against the odds and it grew into something more along the way.
I wouldn’t necessarily say this story is high on actual romance, but it gets high marks from me for being uniquely different and an action-packed page turner that will keep you guessing!