"great FBI thriller"
The FBI Special Inquiries Squad (SPIN) conducts the usual
thorough background check on a presidential nominee, Judge
Brenda Thompson, the first African-American woman nominated
to the Supreme Court. Hooverite Kevin Finnerty tells his
subordinate SPIN chief Puller Monk to provide the report
yesterday. Though unfair, Puller figures this is such a
straightforward case, he plans to go a Connecticut Indian
reservation for some serious gambling. However, Special
Agent Lisa Sands has found a falsification on Judge
Thompson's personal security questionnaire.
Lisa persuades her boss to forget the gambling and help her
follow up on the judge's prevarication. Though not easy
for a compulsive gambler like Monk to ignore the pull of
the casino, he agrees. However, the deeper inquiries soon
lead to attempts on their lives and successful murders. To
Monk his professional life seems under control compared to
his personal life starting with his Alzheimer's dad and his
drunken girlfriend. He mentally wagers with himself, which
one will cause his next crisis?
QUANTICO RULES will rule the FBI thriller set with its
powerful investigative tale. Monk is a great protagonist
with flaws and troubles that overwhelm him at times. Lisa
is a dedicated agent who still believes although the
conspiracy has shaken her foundation. The romance subplot
slows down the exciting investigative novel, but is limited
so fans receive a strong tale that demonstrates Gene
Riehl's real skills to spin an exciting story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 1, 2003