The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens


EXCERPT: ‘What’s the brother’s name?’

‘William Bartok Putnam. We followed up on the information, compared the birth certificates with city records. Putnam’s parents are dead, died in a car crash back in ’98, and the older brother’s legit.’

‘So you have your heir. You can rape your jewelry king to your heart’s content.’

‘You would think so, but not so fast with the happy ending.’ Dogget folded his fingers together in order to give his words some dramatic weight. ‘I sent William Bartok Putnam a contract to sign, allowing me to file a lawsuit on his behalf. I also sent him a copy of the obituary of his brother. A week later, I get the whole mess back with a simple note that read: ‘That is not my brother. That is not James Erkel Putnam.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. He’s been reassigned to the Frauds Unit, where he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his status-seeking wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Alexander sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation.

But the case explodes into far more than he could have expected, putting him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, a veteran of the Balkan wars who has been searching for “James Putnam” for years. As his life spins out of control, Alexander’s last hope may be his older brother, Max, a fellow police detective who steps in to try to save his brother from the carnage his investigation has let loose.

MY THOUGHTS: Like eating Weetbix without milk.

I loved Eskens’ first novel that I read, The Life We Bury. The characters in that were so real you could have cohabitated with them. Particularly Joe Talbot. But although The Guise of Another shares some of the same characters (not Joe Talbot), this book doesn’t have the same feel to it. I couldn’t get a feel for any of the characters at all. The writing seemed dry and forced. It was overly focused on mundanities, to the point where it set my teeth on edge. Step by step Janet and John stuff.

I grabbed this because, as I said, I loved a previous book by this author. I didn’t take too much notice of what the book was about. I am not a fan of books involving professional killers, or where characters are shot to get them out of the way. I prefer a little more finesse, a little more imagination.

The basic plot of this book was good – it had plenty of (unrealised) potential.

I will be reading more from Eskens, but I will also be taking a closer look at the subject matter before I commit myself.

I also don’t think that the narrator, Jonathan Yen, helped. He could have been reading the telephone directory, there was that little variation in the tone of his voice. I don’t think I would listen to another audiobook using this narrator.


THE AUTHOR: Allen Eskens is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, the Deep Dark Descending and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, Minnesota Book Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His work had been published in 21 languages and his debut novel, The Life We Bury is being developed for a feature film.

Allen lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota and is represented by Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron and Associates, and is published by both Seventh Street Books and Mulholland/Little Brown.

DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens, narrated by Jonathan Yen, and published by Tantor Audio. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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