Matthew Hart’s debut mystery, The Russian Pink, feels specially well timed given its problem matter: a fraught presidential election and a Russian conspiracy.
A former diamond smuggler-turned-CIA-agent-turned-investigator for the U.S. Treasury, Alex Turner has dipped his toe in murky waters before in an effort to survive and feels snug running in gray regions of the law. Turner is investigating an large purple diamond called the Russian Pink that he suspects has shadowy origins. The hassle is that the diamond is in a necklace that presently belongs to the spouse of Harry Nash, a presidential candidate running in a relatively charged election.
Politics can be the least of Turner’s problems, though. The Russian Pink is also linked to murder, inventory fraud and Russian crime lords. It appears that by using investigating the gem, Turner has opened a Pandora’s box. Suddenly Turner isn’t certain he can accept as true with anyone, together with his boss on the Treasury. When his daughter is targeted, he breaks from reliable channels and makes use of his CIA schooling to get to the people threatening him.
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This novel performs out like an motion movie, fast paced and globe-trotting from New York City to Antwerp to South Africa. Hart’s compelling hero isn’t afraid to resort to violence, and we see him enticing in the whole thing from sword fights to falling off the balcony of a skyscraper’s penthouse. There’s also a dash of romance to mood the action scenes. Turner enlists the assist of a diamond smuggler named Lily to help him, and as they race around the world on the lookout for answers, a lingering anxiety between them blooms into something more.
The Russian Pink is a fast read, in no way once permitting the reader to seize their breath. Perfect for fans of Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci, this mystery may have readers anxiously expecting Hart’s next novel.