Book Review - The Fifth Angel by Tim Green
I just finished Tim Green's The Fifth Angel, and it's a very good read that tears at you. A man's daughter is kidnapped, held captive, and is physically and sexually abused. She is found, but is committed to a mental institution. After his life is nearly destroyed, he determines that no child molester should be allowed to walk free. Using his job that has him on the road quite a bit, he starts executing known molesters. He doesn't find the peace he seeks, but he's driven to keep doling out his form of justice.
Meanwhile, a female FBI agent and a pompous police detective are paired up to hunt down the killer. They have a bead on him, but no one is pushing hard to bring him in because of the targeted victims. She believes her pursuit of the killer to be right until her own children are abducted and she has to confront the kidnapper with the help of the vigilante.
This is one of those novels where the "good" guy is the criminal and the "bad" guy is the victim, and you have to decide whether retribution or justice is deserved. You feel for the vigilante, as you'd probably experience the same frustration if it was your child. Conversely, if everyone decides to take justice in their own hands, anarchy would reign supreme. While the story line is well done, it will cause you to question your feelings.