A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver.
Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach.
But soon, Hardin’s stuck in Chicago with diamonds he can’t sell and a series of hit men, mobsters, and a Washington off-the-books black ops team on his tail.
The resulting body count leaves Chicago detective John Lynch trying to find connections among the victims, while simultaneously solving the murder of a dead infectious disease expert who’d drafted a biological weapons plan that could turn Chicago into a ghost town.
What I liked: Again, I was pleasantly surprised by Greed. I didn't read the first in the series (I will go back and read it now though) and it didn't impact the reading of this book very much. Mr. O'Shea gives you enough backstory to understand what's going on.
I enjoyed all the characters and the pacing of Greed. I'm not sure you can call Nick Hardin a "good guy" but I really connected with his character. The writing and story development was top notch. I was surprised that I didn't want to put the book down and ended up staying awake way too late. The closer it gets to the end, the more you want to know. I'll be putting this series on my must buy list!
What I didn't like: Be warned, there are a lot of characters and you should try to keep track of them. It's important.
Overall, Greed hit all the right buttons for a good thriller. If you can, start with the first in the series, Penance. It's not completely necessary but why pass up a good read.
Both editions are a little high, Kindle is $5.79 and paperback is $10.78 but if it won't bust your book budget, it's worth the read