MYSTERY

The Goodbye Man

Putnam. (Colter Shaw, Bk. 2). May 2020. 432p. ISBN 9780525535973. $28. SUSPENSE
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Colter Shaw was raised by a survivalist father and a psychiatrist mother and employs both skill sets in his career as a “rewardist,” a tracker who finds people for an offered reward. His latest case is looking for two young suspects in a hate crime in Washington State. The job goes tragically wrong and ends with one of the suspects killing himself. Shaw is determined to find out why, and in his inquires discovers the young man was a member of the Osiris Foundation, a cult masquerading as a self-help group. Shaw signs himself up for their program, an intensive three-week “process” at a remote mountainside camp, and poses as a troubled soul trying to make right. He quickly finds favor with their charismatic leader, Master Eli, who is a sadistic charlatan selling a very lethal method of self-improvement. The tensions grow and Shaw realizes he must end the spell cast on the followers before more deaths occur.
VERDICT While not as dynamic as the first in the series (The Never Game), this will still find fans with those who enjoyed the first book and for Deaver fans in general. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]

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