Image of The Clause


Image of The Clause

Wiprud, whose humorous mysteries earned many fans, turns more serious with this book. Everyone loves an antihero, and former Naval intelligence officer Gill Underwood — windowscreen repairman by day, jewel thief by night — makes a fine example in this fast-paced thriller. Wiprud excels at creating a sense of place; readers will feel like they’re right there with Gill on New Jersey’s Gold Coast and throughout the Big Apple and beyond.

When a routine break-in goes bad, Gill ends up with a dead girlfriend and $150 million in jewels he wasn’t expecting. Soon, he’s on the run from Serbian, Chinese, Israeli and Cuban gangs, not to mention the FBI. He needs to orchestrate a very elaborate hand-off of the jewels for enough money to set him up doing something else. But with double, and possibly even triple, crosses it’s going to take a lot of work and luck, and just a little bit of explosives. (MIDNIGHT INK, Oct., 312 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Klose