Elliot Mills comes face-to-face with evil in this follow-up to Fair Game and Fair Play from bestselling author Josh Lanyon
One final game of cat and mouse…
Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.
When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.
The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twistehttp://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpd game and hope he can find Tucker in time.
I went into this story hypercritical of Elliot, so fair warning. The writing was tight and exactly what I suspected. The mystery revolved around the serial killer, The Sculptor. This was a point of concern in the last book, Tucker worried that Corian would wind up Elliot for his own amusement. He worried that Elliot would get involved because he felt guilty, felt he didn’t have a choice. Tucker wasn’t wrong because the book starts with Elliot talking to Corian in jail. There was a lot of vague dialogue that no one took very seriously. It made me wonder if in real life the FBI would ignore the implied threat of an accomplice or not.
The question of what would happen to Nobby was addressed and I was ready to be Team Roland all over again. Roland is a much better parent that I think most people are. He disapproves of what Elliot did, and yes, it causes strain between them, but when he noticed Elliot needed him, Roland was there for his son. That was refreshing to read and made me like Roland all the more.
The sleaze, Will MacAuley, who Elliot only viewed with humor, returned in this installment and really unsettled me. What a creep. Elliot’s continued dismissal of MacAuley’s words and invitations telegraphed what would happen. In my opinion, Elliot just liked his ego being stroked by MacAuley, otherwise if Elliot didn’t think MacAuley was being truthful, he wouldn’t have given him the time of day.
Boy, I loved Montgomery dressing down Elliot. Every single mistake I noticed he made, she pinged on. I did have issues with explanation of when to report a missing person. I googled it because having to wait for the person to be missing for five days was contrary to everything I’ve been taught. The second issue is how Elliot was about the dog, Sheba, from the very beginning. There was no concern and no compassion on his part. It didn’t sit well with me.
Even though my feelings for Elliot haven’t changed, the plot and the mystery kept me engaged. The question of whether or not Corian had an apprentice and who it might’ve been was engaging. I did bite my nails over Tucker being missing. Despite feeling Elliot was incompetent, I enjoyed this book without the constant rage that plagued me when reading Fair Play. In my book, that’s some amazing writing.