I automatically order any new book by Chris Knopf, loving his books set on Long Island, but this one blew me away. Meticulously researched, it investigates identity theft post 9/11. We first meet the protagonist, Arthur Cathcart,as a mild-mannered stay-at-home researcher, married to an insurance company owner. Blam, his whole world is blown away and he has to hide from the bad guy who shot both he and his wife in the head. Arthur recovers slowly, but revenge is always on his mind. With the help of some unlikly new friends, he manages to change his appearance and identity many times to get right next to the bad guys. His computer skills as a market researcher certainly come in handy as does his brain, slightly different after having a bullet dug out of it. There is a surprise ending and I hope it means a sequel is in order. I could hardly catch my breath reading this book and stayed up all night to finish it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the intricacies of the plot. It kept me guessing throughout yet the resolution of the storyline was weirdly believable. "Weirdly" because I am that reader who looks for consistency and order in the universe between the book's covers. I hope the next Cathcart mystery I read is as good!
I thought Dead Anyway was extremely witty and clever, besides being very well written. It couldn't have been easy to keep track of all the schemes and goings-on that the main character Arthur Cathcart was both planning and in the midst of. In spite of lot of very complicated details, the plot was easy to follow, and all in all, the book was a quick read. My only criticism was how Knopf willingly led us up to the last sentence in the book and--BOOM!--left us hanging. Sequel? If you like technology and think revenge is sweet, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Chris Knopf has written a thoroughly enjoyable thriller about a man who slides in and out of identities to locate the man who ordered the assassination of his wife and near-murder of him as well. A lot of the fun resides in how cleverly each trap works to gain the next clue in tracking down not only the killer, but the reason for the killing. It may be a thinking reader's thriller, but it is certainly not lacking in violence. Blood and bodies spatter in satisfying ways, even if the protagonist in this fine debut is only the catalyst for the attacks and not actually spewing the bullets from a hot semi-automatic. Readers will be looking forward to his further adventures. - Joseph Amiel, author of the legal thriller A QUESTION OF PROOF, BIRTHRIGHT & STAR TIME.
This book started off with a bang and quickly went down hill from there. The plot was convoluted and just simply didn't hold my interest. I liked the main character and his sense of humor, but that just wasn't enough. By the time I got to the end - speed reading the last half of the book - I didn't really care too much why the murder occurred. And that's a sad commentary from someone who really likes mysteries.
This book was definitely a page-turner. It appeals to the vengeful vigilante in all of us, crying out for "justice". The utterly rational actions of the protagonist keep things civilized enough that we can imagine ourselves in his place. The various scenarios the protagonist and his girlfriend create are a sometimes a stretch, but fun all the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire yarn.
5つ星のうち5.0Planning on reading more from this author
This is a terrific book and I can understand why it was an award winner. Arthur Cathcart is an Everyman kind of hero, and the methodical and creative ways he uses to take down his enemies are fascinating. I'm going to download the next book in this series now.
5つ星のうち5.0Forensic drama and suspense superbly done!
As a Certified Fraud Examiner and having spent a career dealing with computer forensics, money laundering investigations, and personal background investigations, I found Dead Anyway to be the most entertaining and interesting novel involving those subjects that I've ever read. This is my favorite Chris Knopf novel so far. He is in the big leagues for crime/drama writing. I hope there are more to come in this vein. John Janes CFE
I hope you don't have anything important going on because you won't be able to put this book down. Arthur Cathcart is amazingly smart and resourceful for someone who's recently had a bullet through his brain. Great fun and looking forward to the sequel.