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Riveting suspense: The Raven by Mike Nappa
about the book....
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.
Fans of Christian suspense novels are going to love Mike Nappa's second novel in the Coffey & Hill series, "The Raven". I was blown away by his first book in the series, Annabel Lee, and so I was curious to see if this relatively new-to-me author would again be able to capture my attention with his follow-up book. And boy, did he ever! The Raven was simply riveting, from beginning to end. I was held captive by the entertaining plot equally as much as by the fascinating characters. The Raven is unlike any character I've encountered before, and I couldn't help but like the guy for all of his thieving ways. And just wait until you meet Mama Bliss! I wasn't sure whether I liked her or not, and in the end I think it was a little of both. Nappa has succeeded at raising reader's sympathies for the "good" and the "bad" until you realize that perhaps we are all a bit of each, saved but for the grace of God. Those readers who encountered Trudy and Samuel (the Coffee & Hill investigators) in Annabel Lee will greatly enjoy reconnecting with these characters again in this novel, and while it is not strictly necessary to have read Annabel Lee, I would recommend doing so just for the joy of journeying with them from start to finish. Their relationship is a complex one, with a difficult past and deep hurts all mixed up with a love that won't seem to let either of them go. As such, their story is one that you want to see more of, and of course things aren't perfectly resolved in this second novel regarding what their future holds. As I came to the close of "The Raven" and got a glimpse of the adventure that is to come, I can only imagine what lies in store for these two!
Mike Nappa has once again crafted a clever story that I am certain to return to in the future. His books are the kind that you simply must devour in one sitting, and I am looking forward to the third book in the series. If it's anything like these first two installments, we are in for a treat indeed. I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
about the author....
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.