“A gritty, twist-filled thriller” of crime and corruption by a two-time Edgar Award winner (The Wall Street Journal).
John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for a murder he didn’t commit, he knows the cops are closing in on him and that he’s facing life in prison—or death by lethal injection. Then, as if out of nowhere, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.
Soon Shannon finds himself living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He meets the beautiful Teresa Grey and for the first time falls in love with the sort of woman who could make him a better man.
It seems too good to be true—and it is. It turns out this ruined city is crawling with corruption. There are crooked politicians, gangsters, dirty cops everywhere—and, for some reason he doesn’t understand, all of them seem to want Shannon dead . . .
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Excellent writing, good story, good characters. I liked the main character, despite his flaws that would normally put me off, but his story is one of redemption, so I was sympathetic to his situation and wanted him to succeed. This book is absorbing and one of those that are hard to put down once started. The author is one of my favorites. His writing is fluid and expressive.
I may not agree with Klavan's (conservative) viewpoint but I know sheer brilliance when I see it. For his writing skills alone this is worth reading. It is always heartwarming to read that transformation is possible. We are not stuck in our personalities (identity). We have choice and free will. Moment to moment we decide whether to be on the side of the angels. I also liked the small romance hidden in the text.
Andrew Klavan gets the human mind. He digs into the human soul and he can develop a character's thoughts like few other authors can. The story is well laid out and comes together extremely well. The adventure is exciting but it is the human analysis and experience that makes this a best book. More than one ultimate fundamental truth is acted out in this book and they await the reader to discover.