The Review (4 stars)
Having read the first Talanov book, DEPARTMENT THIRTEEN, I bought this book the moment it's available on Kindle. The timing was perfect, too, because I could then read it while vacationing in Bangkok, Thailand; thus, putting it to the test: Is it good enough to make me WANT to read it knowing that I will be busy doing the holiday thing?
The answer is YES. GRECO'S GAME (ISBN: 9781936695485) is a great, fast-paced read true to the Talanov spirit and once you start it's really quite hard to stop. So I strategized my reading and only pick it up when I know I have at least 30 minutes to spare at any one time.
I have no interest in the game of chess; yet, the author manages to ignite the said interest in me by cleverly weaving the game strategy and thinking into the story. In this story, Talanov gets himself entangled in a major human trafficking ring while tracking down the murderer of his wife. He bumps into a beautiful Ukrainian prostitute and one thing leads to another. I finished the book before I finished my vacation! Bring on the third, James Houston Turner!
Read all the book reviews here. By the way, you can read this as a standalone; there's no need to follow the sequence BUT I would highly recommend that!
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