Really Shows Off Swains Writing Chops
5 out of 5 stars
Bad News Travels is the third book in the Lancaster & Daniels series and has the duo getting a bit more settled working together. But, there’s still some drama since they’re still learning each other and what their relationship means both professionally and emotionally.
The story in this one took lots of twists and turns. At one point, I was only a couple of hours into it and I thought they had it completely buttoned up. I was wrong of course, with more than five hours in the audiobook left – things were just getting started. Swain was able to keep up a relentless pace and continue throwing curveballs at the reader and at Lancaster and Daniels as they tried to put the multiple different theories into one solution.
I like the combination of the “gut-feeling” of Lancaster and the “bureau thoroughness” that Daniels brings. It’s a nice contrast and definitely makes the story interesting (especially when they butt heads). It makes these stories both fun and interesting to read while also making them fly by.
Overall, I thought that Bad News Travels really showed off Swain’s writing chops. He was able to write a story that jumped off the page, felt real, and also kept me guessing. You can’t ask for much more out of a story.
Family secrets become a blackmailer’s deadly weapon in this pulse-pounding thriller by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of No Good Deed.
The shocking suicide of Beth Daniels’ father – a prominent surgeon – has thrown the FBI agent into a tailspin. But when Beth heads to Saint Augustine, Florida, for the funeral, she’ll need more than the emotional support of her boyfriend, retired detective Jon Lancaster. She’ll need his gut instinct for solving a mystery.
No sooner do they arrive than suspicions are aroused. There’s the pair of Russians who seem to be watching every move the family makes. A final, cryptic phone call Martin Daniels made to his granddaughter. Strange blood evidence on his estate. More than $1 million missing from Martin’s account. And his cell phone, wiped clean, along with clues to a double life. To Beth, it’s disturbingly clear: the man she loved was a stranger.
As she and Jon delve into Martin’s past, they have no idea where the secrets will take them. Or how dangerous it will be to expose the conspiracies, the cover-ups, and the terrible truths of Martin’s life – and death.
Bad News Travels by James Swain
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Series: Lancaster & Daniels #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 4th 2020
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Also by this author: The King Tides, No Good Deed
Also in this series: The King Tides, No Good Deed