At a Glance
Author: Robert Pobi
Published: August 6, 2019 by Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.95 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
In the first of the Lucas Page series, New York City is hit by a major blizzard which is leaving most of the city confided to their homes. But in this blizzard with limited visibility, a FBI agent is targeted and killed by an almost impossible sniper shot, while driving in the middle of Park Avenue. When the FBI realizes they’re running out of time, they turn to Lucas Page, and ex-agent turned professor, who has an uncanny knack for angles, trajectories, and doing intricate math in his head. He’s just the miracle worker the team needs to track down the sniper before others are hurt.
But Page, who left the Bureau after an incident lost him, his eye, his arm, his leg, and any sense of normalcy is reluctant to help out, until he finds it was his old partner who was murdered. Begrudgingly he sets out to help identify the killer but whenever a piece falls into place another dozen puzzles present themselves.
I’m torn on this book. On one hand I love that this basically brings one of my old favorite shows, Numb3rs, back to life. I also love the fast pace nature of the storytelling. However, and this might be because I’ve been reading to many cop books recently, but it was really hard for me to like Page for the first 100 pages or so. There is also a lot of political pieces in the book, which never really sits super well for me. Mainly because I read for an escape and don’t want to be thinking about the political climate currently. I ended up really enjoying the book but it was my least favorite crime novel this month.
After I got into the rythme of the book and go to know Page a bit more, I started to enjoy his character. He’s certainly flawed and sort of an asshole, but he’s also fircely loyal and loving, especially to his family. I would really like to know more about ‘The Incident’ but I hope that will come in future books. Overall, this book is great for crime fiction lovers, and it really kept me guessing throughout the entire story.
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About the Author
ROBERT POBI has fished for great whites off Montauk, chased coyotes with a dune buggy in the Mojave, and spelunked caves in the former Yugoslavia. He is a renowned expert in English period furniture and makes a mean coq au vin. He spends most of his time in Montreal, Canada. Due to his private nature, he does not do Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok or any other social media. He rarely does writers conferences, events, book signings, or interviews. And much to his agent’s irritation, he does not own a cell phone. He is, however, working on his email skills.
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