The Short Drop

From the book jacket:

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

I finished this book three or four days ago. It was hard to put down. The sign of a good thriller. But in less than a week, it’s hard to recall what I liked about it. A sign, perhaps, that a good thriller won’t be remembered as a great thriller. To be fair, it’s a debut novel. And the author, Matthew FitzSimmons, certainly has a handle on the page-turner thing. I’ll read him again. But aside from some interesting plot turns, a compelling hero, and relentless killer, I’m not sure what else this book has to offer. Maybe it’s just entertainment, and that’s fine. Still, I wanted it to be about something more than just the obvious trope that power corrupts. I wanted some of that writerly firepower to be applied to the theme in such a way that the text would linger with me, and perhaps, I would see the world in a different light after reading. I try not to ask that of books that are happily marketed as beach reads, but when a beach read rises above the pack, I guess I want more.

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