48 Hours – A City of London Thriller by J. Jackson Bentley (2011)
I’ve stumbled upon this e-book years ago on Free-eBooks.net but it was only recently that I got the chance to read it in full.
Josh Hammond worked as a financial adjuster in London. One day, he received a text message from someone named Bob. The text message was, “If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 hours you will die”.
At first, he thought it was a joke. But when he saw photos of him taken earlier by someone, he took it seriously. He consulted his boss about this and his boss was smart to lay down a plan that will provide Josh the help he needed.
Having a bodyguard was part of the plan but Josh didn’t expect that his bodyguard, Dee Conrad, to be a female. After an “attack” on a broad daylight, Josh and Dee tried to piece together clues to identify the blackmailer. And they have 40 of the 48 hours remaining.
But when they discovered that an accountant and a former college prefect died, and their deaths were related to the blackmail, Josh and Dee started hunting.
The story is an exciting read to begin with. It seems to be a simple whodunnit. But when Josh and Dee were able to identify their suspect halfway through the novel, I thought it’s almost over. As soon as I got into the part that they’re about to get him, another plot emerged. This went on until the end of the novel. Other readers may find this technique dragging.
Okay, so the perp belongs to the high and mighty group in society (Warning: Spoiler alert!) and apprehending him may have serious implications in the British government. But there’s the so-called poetic justice which we saw at the end (and which saves this novel for me).
Another saving grace is the author’s knowledge of London itself. His descriptions would get you into the scenes and locations even if you’re not familiar with the city.
As I’ve said, it was a good read to begin with. However, I may not read it again and it’s okay to have it in my collection. In short, 3 out of 5 stars.