I’m going to run out of adjectives describing Hurwitz’s thriller. Chilling, heart stopping, breathtaking, horrifically violent and surprisingly tender at times, the story of a man on the run from a past he never had access to is physically and emotionally exhausting, in the best possible way.
Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father at the age of 4 and grew up in foster care. Now he’s happily married with a precocious daughter and successful construction company. Then two menacing characters start threatening Mike and his family, and he has no idea why. He reports it to the police, but they seem more interested in Mike’s past than in protecting him. With what looks like a conspiracy targeting him for reasons he cannot fathom, Mike turns to a dangerous ex-con with a long record for help. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 416 pp., $24.99)