'The Rules of Silence'
By: David L. Lindsey
(Hardcover / 405 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446531634 / $24.95)
Description:Multimillionaire Titus Cain is approached with a strange proposition: if he doesn't give a certain man $64 million, this same man will kill off some (or perhaps all) of Cain's friends and loved ones. The money has to be given to the extortionist in such a way that no one suspects anything is going on (primarily through deliberately bad investments), and if Cain even tries to seek help, the killings will start instantly.
Verdict: Cayetano "Tano" Luquin extorts money from millionaires by threatening to kill anyone they cherish if payment fails to be remitted. The professional blackmailer insures nearly impossible tracing even following the money trail by having his victims make losing investments in which he reaps the awards from paper companies "laundering" the cash. His current chosen lamb is software developer guru Titus Cain. Titus and his wife Rita turn to counterterrorist expert Garcia Burden to help expedite the Cains from this devious plot.
Though somewhat similar in theme to Jon Katzenbach's 'The Analyst,' 'The Rules of Silence' is an exciting action thriller that never slows down until the final confrontation occurs. The story line moves at a rapid pace so readers need to wear their seat belts at all times. The villain and his opponent each have agendas that make them the lead duo in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and more easily understood than the victims. Not quite as character rounded as David Lindsey's usual novels, but readers will still appreciate this exhilarating thriller.
Reviewed By Jonathan Klein