An Honest Man

Hachette Audio. Jul. 2023. 11:21 hrs. ISBN 9781549151248. $27.99. SUSPENSE
Israel Pike, fresh out of prison for murdering his father, is ostracized in his coastal Maine hometown and is immediately a suspect when he finds seven dead people on a boat at sea. His own uncle is the crooked cop working the investigation, and Israel needs allies as he defends his innocence and investigates the crime. He is soon mixed up in a brutal case of human trafficking and child abuse, as he encounters two mysterious women who suddenly disappear and young Lyman, a local child who is terrorized by his own father. Israel isn’t an unblemished tragic hero—listeners may bristle as he admits to taking artistic photographs of local children without parental permission. Koryta’s (Those Who Wish Me Dead) standalone thriller uses intriguing multiple storylines that involve violence and injustice, yet listeners will be satisfied with the explosive and hopeful ending. Experienced and talented narrator Robert Petkoff is in his element as he voices a plethora of Northeastern accents, most of them men, in gruff and terse tones.
VERDICT Recommend to fans of the author and fast-paced thrillers.
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