by Alexander Yates
Reviewed by Dionisia
Review posted on 6/22/2011
I fell head over heels in love with this novel. A standout debut from emerging author Alexander Yates.
Early on, the reader is introduced to a colorful cast of characters. The list is a long one, but Yates adroitly balances the multiple story lines without a hitch. The nonlinear narrative revolves around the kidnapping of womanizer Howard Bridgewater while he's on business in the Phillipines. We're privy to the seedier side of Manila, bumbling crooks, shallow politicians, duplicitous officials, and temptations within easy reach, all brushing up against a superficial atmosphere of excessive opulence. Nothing is as it seems here. Relationships are turned upside down. Plans spiral out of control. It's a wild ride leading up to a pleasantly unexpected ending.