This is the second book in the Gideon Crew series (following Gideon's Sword) and I liked it as much as the first one.

Gideon’s Corpse picks up almost where the previous book left off. Eli Glinn convinces Gideon to help the FBI when a former colleague of his from Los Alamos, Reed Chalker, has gone insane and is holding a family hostage for a ransom. Gideon tries to talk him down but is unsuccessful in ending the situation without someone getting killed. In the aftermath of the investigation, as the CSI crew are processing the crime scene, it is discovered that Chalker had been irradiated with a high dose of uranium. It looks like he was attempting to put together a nuclear bomb. Suddenly it is alphabet soup as member of the FBI, CIA, NEST, ATF, DOE, NYPD and others try to stop an attack against the United States. Gideon is right in the middle of things, helping his FBI partner Stone Fordyce, until he suddenly becomes a prime suspect in the plot he was investigating! Now he really has to find the mastermind behind this scheme.

This new novel has everything the first in the series did, and more. Fast paced, with lots of action, shoot outs, love affairs and bombs! It kept me reading late into the night as I navigated all the twists and turns in the story.

On the down side, if you are expecting a Pendergast type hero or story, this will be disappointing. The Gideon Crew series is more like Clive Cussler and Ted Bell than Preston & Child’s series with Pendergast. That said this is an excellent series so far and it’s another entertaining instalment!

review by L'Étranger 

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