Jun 25, 2012

Book Review: Measure of Darkness



Here are the facts

 For the parents whose children have been taken, for the broken lives we piece back together one relentless investigation at a time, our town house is a sanctuary.My name is Alice Crane. I'm just one of a talented team working for Naomi Nantz, the brilliant and very private detective.Today that sanctuary was violated. The famous kid-finder Randall Shane was taken away by unknown assailants, possibly government agents. Shane's client is dead, and a boy known as "the keyboard kid" is missing. What is the boy's connection to a top secret physics lab? Unknown—for now. But under Naomi's lead, we will infiltrate every illicit boardroom and bedroom and war room. We'll find that little boy or die trying.The only thing guaranteed in this life is that Naomi Nantz won't give up. Not now, not ever.

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MEASURE OF DARKNESS has to be one of the more unique suspense/thrillers that I have ever ran across.  It is written in a narrative style that reminds of the hard hitting detective stories from the fifties.  Heck, one the team, Jack Delancey, could even pass for one of those detectives with his sense of style and his turn of phrases.

It took me a little bit to actually get into this book as I am not that familiar with this style of writing but once I did, I wasn't able to put it down.  Even though the tension is distanced, it is most definitely there and grows steadily throughout the book. And Naomi Nantz's team members are all rather unique, most not what I would consider team players yet when they are directed by Naomi they become a force to be reckoned with.

 MEASURE OF DARKNESS appears to the first book in what I hope grows into a series.   Mr. Chris Jordan, which is actually the pen name for author Rodman Philbrick, has a very distinct voice that I am looking forward to enjoying time and time again.

I recommend this book to adult readers, due to some of the graphic scenes of violence, who are looking for an unusual detective story.

I rate this book a 4.5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed with are my own.

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