So, the crusher here is named Finn Maguire, a boy who got expelled from high school for a drug misunderstanding, has some disadvantages in literature and has to take care of a father who threw his acting and writing career away while simultaneously having to work at a snack shop, I mean restaurant, with a name that's half tongue twister, half suggestion for the dump. That is, until Finn's dad is murdered in his house, while the thief made off with his father's laptop and manuscript for a book. Finn is the prime suspect by some of the cops, victim by others. What's the twist up? Finn isn't really that sad about the murder. Still, he wants to catch this thief and the only lead he has is info friends of his who were having a drink that night have, involving a suspected contract killer who is suspected to work for a billionaire and highly suspected psychopath nonetheless named McGovern.
To sum this book up in short, it's a murder mystery with martial arts, and a very deceiving one. Where do I sign for the distribution rights? Finn Maguire lives a life that might as well be poverty and of utter hopelessness and it was intriguing when he talks about how he's going to strategize living on his own and if he can gain access to the rest of his father's money. The snack shop Finn works at has a nice way of being satirical to the general advertiser about deep fried vomit. And one thing I wasn't expecting from Finn was to be fit and running all the time; it's been a while since I've read about an athlete. It was an appropriate touch. There were a few moments in the book where I wish they spent more time going into context about it and the actual finale after the mystery is solved is kind of cliched down. Still, this is one of the strongest three star ratings I've ever given and most of the rest of the book is not cliched at all. After I read this book, the first chance I got, I went out and bought the sequel, Incinerator.
Oh, and did you know that Niall Leonard is E L James' husband? Cool, right?