Payback by Steve Bassett is a story that had been set during the year 1946, that was exactly after the second world war had blown up. This is the second book in the Passaic river trilogy. But this book could also be read as a standalone. As the title indicate, this story is filled with love, hatred and also revenge that comes in the form of gruesome murders. At that time Adolf Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s party. And three German people from this Nazi organization were brutally killed that left all the cops shocked and clueless.
The two main protagonists Nick Cisco the Lieutenant Chief and his detective partner Sergeant Kevin McClosky were struggling hard to find the criminals in the place called Newark, New Jersey. This long term investigation process had involved incidents such as racial & language discriminations, marital affairs, corruption and child abuse. Despite handling their own life problems, how these two officials crack these murder cases with their crew is the story.
There were many characters with their own life stories going on, which made this book even more interesting. Even though not each character in this book had a major role, each one of them was equally significant. Amidst many tensions, we could clearly get to understand so many things happening in each character’s life which adds more twists to the story.
I liked the author’s writing style. The narration was lucid and understandable. I loved even more how the author had built numerous characters and made their part very crisp and clear. I felt that there were many repetitive phrases throughout the book. I liked the climax that was different from what I had expected it would be. I would recommend this book to all mystery/thriller fans.
*Thanks to the author for the review copy!*