Book Review - The First 48 by Tim Green
Since I recently picked up a Tim Green novel and really liked it, I got a copy of his latest book and finished it this morning. The book is called The First 48, and it's a very good crime thriller. Jane Redmon is a newspaper writer, and she's been fed some information from a secret source that could destroy a senator's career. The editors at the paper let her write the story, but before she can hit the deadline she disappears. Her father, Tom Redmon, had his career as a prosecutor ruined by the same senator, and he's now an alcoholic lawyer and just scraping by. But when he learns of his daughter's disappearance, he starts the manhunt himself. The title comes from the adage that kidnappings that go more than 48 hours without being solved generally don't get solved or a body turns up. He has 48 hours to find his daughter, and will do just about anything to get it done.
As a story, I liked the writing and pace. The 48 hour countdown did lend a certain urgency to the search, but it was a little too convenient at the end. Some nice plot twists along the way, and you're not quite sure who is good or bad. The alcoholism slant doesn't really come into play much, and it could have been dropped with no effect on the story. Regardless, not perfect, but it is entertaining.