Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Raven by Mike Nappa (Review)

  • Series: Coffey & Hill (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800726456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800726454

  • As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."

    Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

    My Review:

    This was interesting unique book that held my attention from the first page. It is the second book in the Coffey and Hill series but can stand alone. Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill are divorced couple who used to own a detective agency together. Trudi still works at the detective agency. Sam works for the police. They have a rather unique relationship. Trudi also calls on him when she needs something only the police can do. They are the thread that runs through the series. The second main focus in this book is a character called The Raven. He is a master deception specialist who gets in trouble when he steals something that could get a politician in trouble. He gets in way over his head when he is caught up in a plot code named Nevermore. The book alternates voices with the Raven being first person. The other two are third person Trudi and Mama Bliss. Mama Bliss is the owner of a shop called Sister Bliss Secret Stash in a now bad part of Atlanta. The plot gets complicated when Sam gets a clue that might implicate Mama Bliss is the Nevermore plot. The plot and characters were well developed. There was even a twist at the end. The conclusion fit the book. Looking forward to more of Trudi and Sam.

    Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time. He is the author of Annabel Lee.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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