Kenny has just learned that he only has a few weeks left to live. Before he dies, he vows to track down the people he feels he owes the most to and somehow make amends. The list is short: Mary, his ex wife; Thomas Kintry, a boy Kenny witnessed almost being kidnapped; Mr. Jeganathan, the convenience store owner who saved Kintry (Kenny was unable to identify the kidnapper in interviews with the police, something he’s always regretted); and Callie Barton, the only schoolmate who showed him kindness in his worst years of childhood.
Mary is easy, they’ve remained the best of friends but Kenny doesn’t want to tell her he’s about to die. Even Kintry and Jeganathan are fairly quick to track down. But Callie… Callie is a tough one. It seems Callie has been missing for quite some time and her husband is the prime suspect.
Cross, the creator of BBC’s Luther, has a very clipped and short style. His prose is quick and tight, but there’s very little in the way of setting or character development. Instead, much of the effort is in unexpected twists and violence. And in Captured he does excel at both.
All in all, this isn’t one that will likely blow you away with its clever plotting but it is one that reads quick and easy and packs a wallop in terms of action.
3/15 Becky LeJeune
CAPTURED by Neil Cross. Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (January 27, 2015). ISBN: 978-1497692749. 268p.