Island of Thieves

Morrow. (Van Shaw, Bk. 6). Jul. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9780062978547. $27.99. THRILLER
In Hamilton’s sixth thriller starring criminal-gone-legit Van Shaw (following A Dangerous Breed), Van accepts what seems at first like an easy job but soon escalates into chaos and murder. His offer to watch over a gallery during a shindig on a remote island ends with a dead VIP guest. He starts to investigate, but soon more murders occur, and Van becomes the prime suspect. To prove his innocence, Van will have to utilize all of his skills to stay one step ahead of one ruthless man, a team of hit men, and cops eager to put him away once and for all.
VERDICT Hamilton has written his best “Van Shaw” book to date with this slow-burn tale that takes his main character in unexpected directions. Van is torn between wondering whom he can trust and keeping his known allies safe. High stakes, a genuinely complex plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing make this another winner from Hamilton. Fans of Daniel Silva and Gregg Hurwitz should add Van Shaw to their list of go-to characters.
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