Image of The Identity Man


Image of The Identity Man

Klavan’s sure got the touch for putting the common man in uncommon situations and creating the most suspenseful ride you can find. When he creates a guy who’s just a little bit shady, makes him fall for a good woman and then has him take on a corrupt cop, he mines pure gold.

John Shannon is a three-time loser framed for murder and he knows when the cops nail him he’s looking at permanent time: death row. Then a strange call draws him into contact with The Identity Man who offers Shannon a new face and a new beginning. In an unnamed city resembling post-Katrina New Orleans, he gets work as a carpenter and woodcarver, meets widow Teresa Grey and falls in love for the first time. A con should know that when something seems too good to be true it usually is, so when all hell breaks loose and every dirty cop in the city wants Shannon dead, he shouldn’t be surprised. Now he’s running out of time to save himself and Teresa from getting bowled over by a political machine that will stop at nothing to keep turning. (HMH, Nov., 288 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper