Monday, April 4, 2016

The Guise of Another; Allen Eskens

The Guise of Another; Allen Eskens
Seventh Street Books - 2015

Alexander Rupert is a Minneapolis, MN detective with a professional career that looks like it's on a downward spiral.  Once a Medal of Valor winner, now he's suspected of corruption in a drug case.  Reassigned to the Fraud Unit, he's miserable at work and his home life is a mess as well as he suspects wife Desi, is cheating on him.

Things heat up for Alexander when he is charged with investigating an automobile accident involving a Lexus and a Porsche.  The drive of the Porsche, James Putnam is dead but, he was using a fake ID.  So who is the dead man and what happened to the real James Putnam?  The investigation takes Alexander to NYC with links to a fifteen year old murder case.

The Guise of Another is a multi-layered story with great characters, including a crazed assassin from the Balkans. The story is highly charged with a few twists to keep things interesting and a satisfying ending.  Readers who enjoy crime and murder mysteries should try this one.  The author knows how to hold the reader's interest.  Although I liked this story, his debut novel, The Life We Bury was a favorite of mine. Be sure to try this author, you'll be glad you did.

3.5/5 stars


  1. My book club will be reading The Life We Bury later this year - It sounds like we made a good pick.

  2. I had not heard of this author before. How did you find him?

  3. James Putnam sounds similar to someone else I know, Jason Putman. That wasn't his real name was it?


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