Series: Cotton Malone #10
Author: Steve Berry
Published: March 31/15 by Macmillan
Back Cover Blurb:
Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files—the kind that could bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.
With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?
The characters in this novel really drew me in. They were well presented & easy to get to know. At the same time, they weren’t obvious or static in their development. The gradual and intricate development was fantastic. I felt as if I were really in this with some real people that I actually knew (by the end of the book, anyways).
Although the 10th novel in the series, this can easily be read as a standalone novel. It was a fantastic, fast paced novel that had me on pins and needles throughout. It’s a must read for all who enjoy a good thriller.