But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.
As unpleasant secrets leak out, and the body count rises, one thing is for sure: Milton might just be the right guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Driver is a taut, nail-biting adventure which once again stars Mark Dawson's irresistible hero, the maverick ex-MI6 assassin John Milton.
What I liked: As much as I've enjoyed the books in the John Milton series, I think I'm enjoying watching Mr. Dawson's growth in writing it. Admittedly, the first in series has such a rough road to hoe in catching in the reader's interest, providing background on the main character, moving the plot forward, and all while keeping the reader invested in the story and characters.
With The Driver, I knew what to expect but was looking forward to John Milton/Smith's latest adventure. Technically that's what each book is. Someone is in trouble, John is on the spot and takes a chance on helping the person or persons. The story is set in San Francisco and John is working two jobs, one of which just happens to be free-lancing as a taxi driver. He takes a call and the young lady suckers him into taking her to a "job". She's a high class call girl and her regular driver bailed on her. John agrees to drop her off but not wait for her like her normal driver does. Of course, with John, he felt guilty and decides to wait. Things go downhill from there.
The girl ends up missing and two dead girls are found in the same vicinity of the house John dropped her at. John gets involved quickly so he won't be considered a suspect. The girl's boyfriend and John go to report her missing and until the dead bodies are found, she's not a top priority.
Sounds good so far, yes? Add in a Presidential candidate who can't keep his zipper zipped and there's a first class mystery as to who is killing young "working" girls. I know, I didn't tie that together very well but thank goodness Mr. Dawson does AND he gets the reader invested in the mystery. In addition, John is now on the radar and that means the British Secret Service will be able to find him.
What I didn't like: The only thing that threw me off a bit was the time frame. I originally thought everything was taking place in a couple of days only to find more time had passed than I could account for.
The more I read this series, the more I like it. I enjoy seeing the development of John Milton and am now becoming more curious about his fellow assassins. I think from reading the synopsis of the next in the series, Ghosts; I might be getting my wish.
Recommended!!! Each book could almost be read as standalones but I think you should enjoy the whole of series by starting at the beginning.