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Book Review: The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique

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Mark de Castrique does it again… this time a standalone mystery unrelated to the previous two series he has written. Like other books by him, The 13th Target is a fast-moving mystery that keeps the reader in suspense right to the end. And, as usual, the end is a surprise and only when reflecting back it makes sense of “who dun-it” and why.

The plot starts off with Russell Mullins, a former Secret Service agent, receiving a call that Paul Luguire had committed suicide. You see, Russell was a private investigator assigned to guard Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and the chief liaison with the United States Treasury. Mullins suspects the death is not a suicide and because he is no longer with the Secret Service he was not allowed to investigate the death. He takes leave from work and sets out on a mission to find out what really happened.

Through his investigation, Mullins encounters a detective who listens to his concerns, a reporter on a mission to investigate him as the suspect, and a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cyber-security unit. Each plays a significant role in the plot.

As well as these three main characters, de Castrique brings in others necessary to expand the plot and create a suspenseful murder mystery. I appreciate his character development; each character–and his or her role–is brought to light in a way that the reader is fully aware of him or.This is certainly a skill of a good writer. Author de Catrique’s writing is rich in its approach as he creates a plausible, thought-provoking plot, especially when you sit back and contemplate the Epilogue. Is this really how decisions are made to strike on the next target?

Fantastic read! The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique will have you on the edge.

(Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views)

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