DEATH IN HIGH PLACES
You know those words and phrases in reviews that you distrust because they rarely live up to their promises? Words like breathless, page-turner and edge-of-your-seat suspense? In this case, they’re all true. Bannister’s characters are rich, unfolding surprises about themselves all the way, and the plot is brilliant.
Four years ago, two young men climbed a mountain in Alaska. Only one returned. Now, Nicky is still on the run from a contract killer hired by his buddy’s father, who holds him responsible for his son’s death and is determined to exact revenge. What unfolds is an exciting yet thoughtful story about what people think about when they know death is at hand, how they evaluate their lives and the things they’ve done, and the deals they’ll make to live … or to die with honor. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 240 pp., $25.99)