Wanted by Nick Stephenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Part 1: From The Book Cover
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What should have been a relaxing vacation in Paris turns into another unwinnable situation for expert criminology consultant Leopold Blake. Caught in the cross hairs of a ruthless assassin and on the run from the police for a murder he didn't commit, Blake and his team must fight to clear his name before it's too late.
As enemies close in from all sides, Blake is about to learn who he can trust — and who is determined to destroy him — as The City of Light becomes a new hunting ground.
Part 2: Recommendation
Wanted is the first book in the Leopold Blake series by Nick Stephenson and I have to say, it was a quick, enjoyable read.
I haven't read a lot in the Private Investigation thriller genre so I can't really give a comparison with other books or characters but it feels more like a mystery suspense thriller to me which I'm more than okay with. To me, the word Crime & Suspense Thriller is more gory and gruesome with a focus on the crime details. So at first, I was a little hesitant to read it and the Amazon description is not much help as to what to expect in the plot. Yes, there was several murders and people dying as a consequence and there's a lot of running around Paris for Leopold Blake, Mary Jordan and Sophie Bardot as they try to escape the hired assassin while trying to help Leopold figure out who is behind all this and why is he getting framed for the murders.
At first the writing style of Nick Stephenson is a little hard to follow because a couple of chapters would be dealing with what is happening on a different location and focused on an entirely different set of characters that is unclear as to the relevance to the entire plot but being the first book, I figured this is probably the book that sets up everything that will follow in the next books in the series. So pay attention to every detail and just relax and go with the flow of the story. I promise, it will all come together in the end with a shocking cliffhanger.
Overall, I'm glad I decided to download a copy because I enjoyed it immensely and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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