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As part of his street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the wallet of a prominent politician, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named "Nevermore."
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues to rescue The Raven from a wild card bent on revenge.
The Raven by Mike Nappa is the second book in the Coffey and Hill Investigation series, and I was very much looking forward to it after I read the sneak peek from the first book. The first chapter, is pretty intense and leaves you thinking, “Okay… this is really interesting, what is going on here?” however before you can figure out what is going on you are transported four weeks back and must then read all the events leading up to that yowza incident portrayed in the first chapter, which I found just a little frustrating at times, because I really wanted to know what was happening.
In this book you are once again treated to the point of view of Trudi Coffey, as well as the additions of Raven a deception specialist with a dark past and an uncertain future, and Mama Bliss a grieving grandmother whose daughter ran off and grandson died seven years previous due to gang activity.
This book is pretty intense and keeps you guessing which sides the characters are on and what their motives are. And can I just say, Oh My Word. That last chapter was just… wow. I read it mouth agape. I was pretty shocked, and I really cannot wait for the next Coffey and Hill mystery because just, wow, that last chapter…
I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Reviewed by Nicki