The Gatekeeper

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250805768. $27.99. THRILLER
Desmond “Dez” Limerick was a mercenary specializing in getting locked doors open and keeping them open until the mission was over. He’s retired, but that doesn’t mean his skills have vanished. When he sees a sniper on a building across the street from his hotel, he knows that he could choose to stay out of it, or to help. The woman he saves from being kidnapped is the daughter of a CEO of a major military contractor. She’s not only grateful, but as she has no idea whom she can trust, she asks for his expertise. What appears to be a simple investigation turns into a conspiracy with significant ramifications across the entire country, and death and destruction are only part of the planned chaos.
VERDICT Though the author, who’s worked for decades in journalism and politics, has written this thriller under a pseudonym, it is clear that they know how to write a gripping and compelling story. It’s a mixture of the best black op novels like a Brad Thor or Mark Greaney, with a hint of the TV show Leverage. Dez has a bright future ahead, and this one is a true keeper.
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