As part of his regular 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 spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but 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–and their complicated feelings for each other–to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.
Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller–and he never lets go until the end.
Today’s post is about Mike Nappa’s book #2 in the Coffey & Hill series called The Raven! While I haven’t read book #1, Annabel Lee, this book was a great read as a stand alone, but I’m betting had I read book #1, I would have had a little more of the back story on the characters in this book.
This one was an interesting read….. let me share just a bit about the key players. Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues – and their complicated feelings for each other – to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives. It is clear that these two investigators were included it the first novel – they are divorced from each other, but running a detective agency together. The chemistry between the two of them make a great addition to the story.
Mama Bliss is a 70+ year old woman who is the matriarch of Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia. She appears as though she is a sweet, elderly lady sitting in her wheelchair painting outside the store, Sister Bliss’s Secret Stash, that she opened with her late husband, William. She is grieving the loss of her grandson and she wants revenge.
Enter “The Raven” – a twenty-something guy who is a street magician – a deception specialist – earning a living by entertaining people using “slight of hand” tricks. The Raven sometimes picks pockets sometimes to pay his rent and ends up stealing the wallet of a powerful city councilman. Due to the politician’s extra curricular activities and ties with the Ukrainian Mafia, the Raven learns what it means to feel real pain and he ends up with life changing consequences. When he tries to blackmail a councilman, he finds himself in the middle of a wild and very dangerous plot called ‘Nevermore’.
The Raven has elements of suspense, drama, mafia, dirty political dealings, revenge, and more. There is nothing predictable about this story, and it unfolds in a way that causes you to piece together the big picture as you are going along. I definitely recommend this book – it’s a little rougher than my normal read – but overall, a great story that keeps you turning pages until the end. I will be heading out to find book #1 in this series to catch all the back story for myself in the event there’s a book #3!
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide.
Learn more about Mike at: http://nappaland.com.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.