Monday 22 January 2018

Review: Zero Day by David Baldacci

Macmillan, £18.99

A highly decorated war hero, now one of the US army's best military investigators, is sent to the remote rural West Virginia coalfields to investigate the brutal murder of an army colonel and his entire family.

A loner who likes to be called by his surname, adept at controlled violence and possessing superior analytical skills, he possesses an unquenchable determination to discover the truth at all costs.

Meet Jack Reacher, right? Well, no, actually, because here we're talking about John Puller, bestselling thriller writer David Baldacchi's newest all-action hero.

Like Jack Reacher, Puller comes from a military background -- his father, retired and suffering from dementia, was a feared three-star general and his older brother is army, too, but currently serving a life sentence for treason.

It is a bit beyond coincidence that when Puller arrives in recession-hit Drake he hooks up on the investigation with the local homicide detective Samantha Cole, a quick-witted woman with some troubles of her own. It's all a bit cheeky on Baldacchi's part.

That being said, however, the plot rattles along at a lively rate as the body count rises and the FBI and Homeland Security become involved when mysterious phone calls are made that suggest a terrorist-triggered environmental disaster is on the cards.

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