MYSTERY

One by One: A Danny Ryan Thriller

Crooked Lane. Mar. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781683310877. $25.99. M
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Philadelphia newspaper reporter Danny Ryan, from Cain's debut, The 8th Circle, is just getting his life back on track after losing his family in a car wreck several years earlier. Then Greg Moss, an old high school buddy, shows up and tells Danny that he's been receiving threatening text messages. Sure, Greg is involved in some shady real estate shenanigans, but the threats are unnerving nonetheless. Then Greg turns up dead and Danny discovers other classmates have also been harassed. The last thing Danny, who's even getting friendly with fellow reporter Alex Burton, wants is to look back at yet another painful part of his life, but he wonders if an incident that's haunted him for years—one that involves Greg and several other fellow students—is at the root of the intimidations and murders.
VERDICT Solidly plotted with satisfying twists and turns, this is an enjoyable continuation of a promising series.

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