Ash

James Rayburn. Blackstone, $26.99 (364p) ISBN 978-1-5385-0751-3
Stay-at-home dad Danny Ash, the hero of this uneven thriller from Rayburn (The Truth Itself), has a ton of woes. His wife, Jane, recently died under mysterious circumstances while working on a project in China, and his 10-year-old son, Scooter, hasn’t said a word since. One morning at Ash’s Seattle home, Scooter’s babysitter drugs the boy and lets in “a scrum of men in dark clothes”; they kidnap Scooter, but they want Ash. Ash escapes, but sinister forces ensure that his name and face are all over Fox News, where an anchor calls him a “fugitive terror suspect.” Ash is really a pawn in a game of high-stakes intrigue centered on Jane’s boss, a “vulture capitalist” who profits from “warfare and disaster and debt and deprivation.” This unremittingly grim and violent novel offers a dystopian view of contemporary society—replete with fake news, economic strife, opioid addition, and terrorism—but it’s not suspenseful. The narrative is so overstuffed with backstories and subplots that the story of Ash trying to rescue Scooter is almost lost. Fans of action-packed, cinematic thrillers will best appreciate this one. Agent: Alice Martell, Martell Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 08/15/2019
Release date: 11/01/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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