This, the 6th book in the Fifth Avenue series, is up there with the best of thrillers.
The story centres around Leana Redman and her family. And what
a family they are - she is all but estranged from her father, mother is in jail
for murder, her cousin Pepper (one of the best characters here, just for comedy
value) wants to head the family business and Leana's partners dad is the head of
the New York Mafia.
In the past Louis Ryan has made it his business to
destroy the Redmans. He is dead now, but that isn't going to stop him! He had a
plan B and now that plan B is in place - two assassains are hired to finish off
the Redman's and people around them. There are 10 names on the list, Leana, her
brother Michael and her father are the final 3. There is a lot of quite
inventive murder on the way to the final three, all of it quite
The finale comes at the opening of two massive new Manhatten
hotels on the same night - one by Leana, her first project the other by her
father (wouldn't you just know he'd have to open on the same night!). Will
anyone survive? I'll leave that for you to find out.
This is a story of
greed, revenge, big business, rivalry and family - if Jackie Collins and Mario
Puzo got together to write something like Dallas - this book is what they would
only dream of.
There are faults - mainly with one of the characters who,
every time she appears, someone has to bring up the fact that her husbands
ex-wife caught them 'on the job', but these are only tiny things that do not
detract from the fact that this is a corker of a book. I read it on holiday and
was constantly thinking "oh, just a few more pages" and before you know it half
the afternoon is gone.
I have not read the previous books in this series
(this was a review copy) but you can be sure I will be getting to them the first
chance I get