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07 June 2016

Pacific Burn (Jim Brodie #3)

Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet is the third book in the Jim Brodie series. Brodie owns an antique shop in San Francisco and inherited half of his father's P.I. business based in Tokyo.

Jim Brodie is working the the S.F. mayor on the Pacific Rim Friendship Program - exchanging art with our neighbors around the ocean. Brodie is the liaison with Japan and has convinced his friend and artist Ken Nobuki to come display his art.

A couple of days before the opening of the first art exhibit, Brodie is called by Det. Renna of the SFPD. There has been a death and Brodie is needed. When they arrive in Napa, a young boy is repeating a sentence in Japanese - asking for Brodie.

Shu Nobuki and his father Toru, a sketch artist, have arrived early. But now Toru is dead. The young boy is the only witness to his apparent fall. But Shu says he did it.
Soon a sketch artist is brought in and there is a suspect in the death of Toru Nubuki.

When Shu's grandfather, Ken, arrives in California, he and Brodie are shot at. Someone is targeting the Nobuki family. Brodie Security takes it upon themselves to protect the remaining two siblings as well as guard Ken's wife and grandson who returned to Japan.

An investigation spanning multiple countries, with too many possibilities, beings. Lancet has created a great mystery / thriller. Jim Brodie is a great character who has been compared to Gabriel Allon by Daniel Silva - likely for his expertise in art along with getting into dicey situations because of work. This is a great series - my only complaint is that I now have to wait for him to write another one. Work fast Barry Lancet!

Lancet, Barry. (2016). Pacific Burn. New York: Simon and Schuster.

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