Monday, February 25, 2008

Jason Pinter's The Guilty

The follow-up to last year's explosive debut featuring NYC reporter Henry Parker. Parker, easing back into his roll as a junior reporter after the incidents in last summer’s The Mark, is assigned to cover the high profile killing of pop superstar Athena Paradis after she is gunned down when exiting a New York City nightclub. Parker gets the scoop on the case when a cop informs him that the shooter left behind a message, a quote from one of Henry's own articles regarding guilt and innocence. Then, a cop is murdered at the press conference being held on Paradis's murder. NYC is thrown into a state of shock and fear when two more prominent citizens are murdered by the same shooter. The one lead in the case, the shooter's weapon. A Winchester '73, the gun that won the west. Consequently, the gun used by the infamous Billy the Kid. Henry is the first to draw the connection that puts himself directly in the line of fire.

The Guilty is a fantastic thriller with a fascinating plot and an unforgiving pace. With just two books under his belt, young Pinter has already proven himself to be a truly overwhelming new talent in the industry.

Interestingly enough, Pinter had already begun work on this book before the deal came through for The Mark. Fascinated by the mythos of one of America's most controversial criminals, and the man who later claimed that he was, in fact, Billy the Kid, The Guilty was meant to be a stand-alone until the Parker series was picked up. It turned out to be a great addition to the series, in my opinion, and from the teaser chapter of The Stolen that was featured in the back of my copy, book three promises to be just as intense! I can't wait.

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