The Fixer by T.E. Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Fixer is a totally great book the follows the investigations of Mort Grant, a detective in Washington who is made aware of "the fixer" when his son, a reporter, starts investigating multiple stories about a woman who fixes problems for people when the situation is right. He has Mort look into parts of the story to try and validate some of what he has found in his research and Mort finds that he may just have run into a similar scenario that might involve the fixer. At the same time, a psychologist has a new client walk into her office for a session and demands that she fix her. The problem is that the new patient never gives her enough information to help her determine what is tormenting the patient. She cryptically admits that she is responsible for many deaths and demands help without giving the psychologist the full picture. Simultaneously, the story follows the fixer as she takes on new clients and the reader learns what the rules are for hiring her to "fix" a problem. There are several moving parts in this story and the reader does not know whether to like or hate the fixer because at the core of the story she is an assassin for hire.
The Fixer has some great characters in it. Mort is mourning the loss of his wife and we learn throughout the story that he is also dealing with another family problem. We also meet the forensic investigator that works with Mort and you cannot help but love him as he takes his very large dog everywhere with him. There are several "bad guys" that the reader can choose from to dislike. But, the real question becomes who is really the bad guy or bad girl in this story when there are several to choose from. What is really masterful about this story is how the moving parts all converge into what amounts to a pretty explosive ending that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and can even have the reader mourning the loss of what looks like one of the bad guys really is suffering. I cannot believe it took me so long to start this series. Review can also be seen at Lady Techie's Book Musings http://ladytechiesbookmusings.blogspo....