Monday, September 28, 2015
Live To Air: An Ethan Benson Thriller
Ethan Benson is a charming and principled-if sometimes difficult-television producer in New York City who detests doing crime stories. But that's of no significance to his high-powered boss at the network, and Benson finds himself assigned to investigating a bloody shoot-out in the Meatpacking District, whose old grime and new glitz provide a symbolic background for a sensational murder that has dominated the headlines.
As he pieces together his story, Benson literally covers New York-from Central Park and Fifth Avenue to Little Russia in Brooklyn and Rikers Island in Queens-crossing paths with a fascinating cast of characters on both sides of the law. Unknown to Benson, organized crime may be only one facet of the thrilling investigation. With his wife and son in hiding and his life in danger, Benson draws closer to a resolution that will have explosive results for the criminals-and for some members of New York City's political elite as well.
My Review: You know those books that grab you from the start, and you tell yourself "Just two more pages!" Then, three chapters later....
That's this book!! Little did I know but Jeffrey Diamond's background is actually producing crime shows for major news networks, and he brings in his expertise in this novel. And it shows. There is no point where it lags, or you think "This is irrelevant." Nope. It's a pretty fast-paced book from start to finish.
We meet Ethan Benson, a producer who's passion is NOT anything dealing with crime stories. His boss gives him the job of putting together a TV special about a high-profile murder that involved the deputy mayor's daughter and it will revolve around Pavel Feodor, the guy who was just convicted of first-degree murder. He really has no choice but to take this on. But little does Ethan know what he's really about to get into. He thinks it's just an open and shut case, with Pavel being the guy, and all evidence pointing to him. But the more he gets involved and starts putting the story together, the more he starts to see there is a rabbit hole of twists and turns that might actually lead him in a different direction.
The experience Diamond brings into this is amazing and makes the story that much more real! I'm a sucker for crime fiction so this was heaven to me. ;) It has action, bad guys, the Russian Mob to be exact, who seem genuinely bad, and gives us a small glimpse into what high-powered people might just do to save their own skin.
Overall this was an awesome book! And I just couldn't put it down some days that I might need to go back and read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything!
There is also a sequel to this, and I really, really want to read and review that one as well!
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