Book Review: The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

I honestly really enjoyed this book.  It kept me on my toes and I liked the characters.  The only downside was that I knew who the bad guy was pretty early on.  Aside from that, this was a great read.  If you’re looking for a suspense-filled summer read I highly suggest this one especially if you’re a fan of crime dramas.  I loved that even though I knew who they were going to catch in the end I couldn’t figure out how they were going to catch them. 

The author, Noah Boyd, is an ex-FBI agent and you can totally tell, or at least you can if you read a lot of crime novels like I do.  He writes like he knows what he’s talking about and that’s because HE DOES. 

I like that he throws in some ‘office politics’ but it’s not overdone.  There’s just a touch of romance as well but not enough to overpower the book which I think is great.  It’s really focused on the crime and how they’re going to solve it without completely muddling the story up with steamy sex scenes.  In addition, the main character, Steve Vail, does some things that require impressive physical prowess but it’s not so over the top that you wouldn’t believe that a guy who is an ex-agent and is currently working in the very physically demanding field of brick laying wouldn’t be able to do. 

This book gets two thumbs up from me.  Noah Boyd has two other novels (Agent X and Last Chance to Die) out now and I might just pick those up too!

 Here’s the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you’re about to fail. . . . And there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer.

The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He’s an ex-FBI agent who’s been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable-and more deadly-by the hour.

A woman steps out of the shower in her Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen with fear by what he has to say about the FBI-and what he says he must do. . . .

A young agent slips into the night water off a rocky beach. He’s been instructed to swim to a nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than collect the money. . . .

Vail has resigned himself to his dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer. But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated a brilliant extortion plot. The group will keep killing their targets until the agency pays them off, the amount and number of bodies escalating each time the FBI fails. One thing is clear: someone who knows a little too much about the inner workings of the Bureau is very clever-and very angry-and will kill and kill again if it means he can disgrace the FBI.

Steve Vail’s options-and his time to find answers-are swiftly runningout.