Today I’m reviewing book 2 of the Eddie Grant series:
Last Stop: Paris by John Pearce
Blurb (via Amazon):
When readers last saw Eddie Grant in Treasure of Saint-Lazare (2012), he was hot on the trail of Nazi war loot in the company of his on-again, off-again lover, Jen. As readers return to Eddie’s shadowy world of undercover deals and thugs in the employ of crime bosses, they find a quieter, more mature Eddie, now married to Aurélie, a scholar of some note, and living in pleasant domestic bliss. Onto this romantic scene come several of Eddie’s friends, who alert him to suspicious activity within his social circle, involving a man with criminal intentions and an interest in gold. Shortly afterward, a mysterious murder implicates another character from Eddie’s past. As he looks into the matter, Aurélie soon finds herself in danger; at the same time, Jen reappears in Eddie’s life, and he’s simultaneously drawn to her and eager to avoid falling into bed with her again. Soon, he and his comrades must track down another ring of criminals and protect themselves from fatal retribution.
Did I like it?
Less like the first one. The writing and characters are as good as in the first one. Just the topic has ever so slightly changed.
What I didn’t like?
Apart from the no longer existing link to my favourite part of history. There is one thing. All the main actors are somehow related. It’s a tiny bit too much. There is a bit more (unnecessary) sexual content. It’s not too much but unnecessary nevertheless. Doesn’t add anything substantial to the story.
Would I recommend it?
Fast paced thriller, interesting characters. Recommended! Not really necessary to read the books in order. You could even start with this one and read number 1 afterwards. Could work. 18 out of 20 points, add more of the Nazi part of book 1 to the story and the 19 points are guaranteed.