Invisible by Andrew Grant (Ballantine Books, 2019) is a hot-off-the-press stand-alone thriller with another anti-hero I could get used to reading about. A two-year-old letter that finally wends its way to Paul McGrath as he moves around the military intelligence system brings Paul home to New York and the father whose dislike of the Army made Paul sign up right after high school out of sheer perversity. Paul is aghast to learn his father has been dead for more than six months and the business partner whose major financial fraud precipitated the fatal cardiac incident has managed to escape prosecution because the evidence against him mysteriously disappeared during the trial.
Paul is determined to locate the missing papers. He notices that service personnel can go almost anywhere without being noticed--they are invisible--so he takes a job as a janitor in the courthouse to search for the evidence as he goes through his daily routine in the building. Along the way he meets a frail elderly man who is distraught that his wife’s attacker escaped sentencing, also because evidence inexplicably vanished. He also discovers fraud among the city’s maintenance suppliers, and a failure in the courthouse security procedures. When the police detective he reports all this to fails to act, Paul takes matters into his own hands to protect the elderly couple and their friends who are being driven out of their long-term homes. He confronts the devious owner of the rent-controlled building the owner wants to sell, who blames Russian investors for his problems. When Paul investigates, he finds a somewhat different set of facts.
I think my favorite part of this good story might be when Paul is confronted by a group of hoodlums in a rundown housing project. He took the crowbar they intended to use on him away from them and then using brute force made them clean up the trashed housing complex. I read this entertaining story in a single sitting and I hope to see a sequel. Publishers Weekly starred review.
· File Size: 3594 KB
· Print Length: 309 pages
· Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525619593
· Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 8, 2019)
· Publication Date: January 8, 2019
· Sold by: Random House LLC
· Language: English
· ASIN: B07CCKFG65
Aubrey Hamilton ©2019
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.