Eric Pollins gives a nimble performance in Jeffrey Deaver's An Acceptable Sacrifice, a twist-filled story about two agents in search of a Mexican drug lord named "El Cuchillo" ("the knife").
Agents P. Z. Evans and Alejo Daz must infiltrate El Cuchillo's well-guarded compound to thwart an attack on a tourist bus. The kingpin is fond of rare books, so Daz poses as an antiquarian bookseller to infiltrate his headquarters.
Pollins fluidly jumps between the Clint Eastwood-like voice of Evans and the more excitable Mexican-accented Daz in Deaver's timely, pause-resisting thriller.
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A pair of federal agents from either side of the US-Mexico border target a cartel kingpin.
They call him "Cuchillo", the Knife. Not because he kills with a blade - he has plenty of men to do that kind of work for him - but because his mind is so sharp. As Mexico's government wages war on the drug cartels, it takes brains to survive, and Cuchillo has not just survived - he has prospered. But when Cuchillo begins to cut too deeply, the federal police of both the United States and Mexico step in to dull his blade.
P. Z. Evans and Alejo Daz know the Hermosillo cartel is planning an attack on a tourist bus in Sonora, and they know they will have to capture or kill Cuchillo to stop it. The cartel leader has one weakness: rare, old books. To destroy the intellectual's evil empire, this unlikely pair of international police will have to appeal to his inner bibliophile.
©2012 Jeffery Deaver (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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"Why don't I like Jerrery Deaver novels?"
My favorite modern writers are virtually all authors of the mystery/thriller category of novels and more specifically of the espionage, modern detective, and legal thriller. Deaver's novels are of the modern detective/police procedurals genre. He is famous and highly regarded. I have six of his novels in my Audible library and not a single one is rated 5 stars by me. Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Louise Penny, Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen, TR Ragan, Adrian McKinty, Michael Connelly, Clive Cussler, Mason Cross and several others that write in the same genre as Deaver have multiple 5 star novels in my Audible library.
There are more than 15 espionage thriller writers who have multiple 5 star novels. There are 10 or more legal thriller writers who write 5 star novels fairly consistently.
If I were to list my top 100 favorite mystery/thriller authors, Jeffery Deaver would not make the list. His novels are not bad, but they are consistently mediocre. It time for me to give up on Deaver.
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