When I first seen the book, I have to tell you that I was a bit put off by the cover. It screams amateur to me, but boy was I wrong. I do hope that the cover doesn’t put off many people. Because I am here to tell you that this book is a good one.
The Return by Michael Gruber is a well written thrill ride, full of complex characters and twists and turns. I think Mr. Gruber has a hit on his hands here. This is my very first book his and will not be my last. Pick it up, you will not be sorry.
The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn’t know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then a shattering piece of news awakens Marder’s buried desire for vengeance, and with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and together the two of them raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.
As Marder and Skelly head toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can’t always protect the people a man loves. A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller-coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven that he is “a gifted and natural storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and shows why he has been called “the Stephen King of crime writing” (The Denver Post).
I received an advanced copy of this book for my review all opinions expressed are my own.