Joe Wolf, the patriarch of possibly the most powerful family in California is the owner of an NFL team (the Wolves), the top newspaper in the state (the San Francisco Tribune), and numerous other business conglomerates on a much smaller scale.
Joe is aggressively, ruthless billionaire who gets to the top of the ladder as callously as needed. He has associates- not equals, and family- when they’re useful. Three sons, still obedient for the inheritance (at least somewhat obedient to his face) and a daughter who has chosen her own way (she is a local high school teacher), disowned the Wolf family and taken her father’s heart with her.
Joe Wolf dies on a solitary midnight cruise. He falls overboard and drowns. His death could be accidental, a murder, possibly even a contract killing. Upon the reading of the will, Joe virtually disinherits the three sons and gives the running of his massive empire to his estranged daughter. She is now the face of Wolf Enterprises. Everyone else in the family works at her behest.
Detective Ben Cantor investigates the death of Mr. Wolf carefully interviewing the four, obviously combatant siblings seeking a motive for the killing of the father. He finds more suspects and possible motives than should be theoretically possible.
Joe Wolf was not a well=liked businessman. Nor even well-liked as a father.
Jack Reacher, a former Major (now retired) in the United States Army Military Police Corps, roams around the United States enjoying the travels and satisfying the whims of his heart.
The ‘whims of his heart’ would be a metaphorical oxymoron in describing Jack Reacher. Jack would not see himself in the ‘whims’ categories. Jack would see himself as a very logical, analytical purveyor of truth and justice … often the justice is carried out outside the realm of normal Constitutional Law.
Jack Reacher is a constant opportunist at taking on jobs as needed and seems to be constantly sucked into suspicious (and often underworld) activities. Jack finds himself assisting the oppressed and delivering much needed comeuppance to the evil doer.
Written by Jim Grant (a British author) under the pen name Lee Child, a Reacher book is usually published once a year. There are currently 26 Reacher books in the series.
I am reading them in publication order. A very enjoyable task!
Ambush by James Patterson, is the twelfth book in the acclaimed Michael Bennet: Detective series. (There are currently seventeen books in this series.)
Two cartels a fighting for the rights to own New York City, and as usual for Detective Michael Bennett, He is caught smack dap in the middle of the blood-bath to claim the multi-million-dollar opioid trade.
An anonymous tip proves to be a cartel hit on Detective Bennett. Detective Bennett escapes. His partner is killed.
The Bennett family are soon in the cross-hairs of the cartel as well.
Bullseye by James Patterson, is the ninth book in the acclaimed Michael Bennet: Detective series. (There are currently seventeen books in this series.)
The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. … But is it really the Russians, or is there an elaborate smokescreen being used to blame the Russians for the most audacious assassination attempt of the century.
The President is in New York attending a Untied Nation’s summit. It is rumored that he is the target.
Detective Michael Bennett receives the call to join forces with the BI the CIA and the Secret Service (with a few more counter-intelligence alphabet agencies) to capture the assassins BEFORE they are successful.
Burn by James Patterson, is the seventh book in the acclaimed Michael Bennet: Detective series. (There are currently seventeen books in this series.)
Detective Michael Bennett returns to New York City to find himself ostracized. He is placed in a non-functioning, politically-driven task force called The Outreach Squad of Harlem.
But troubled cases always seem to follow Detective Bennett. Soon, a street-source tells his new precinct of men in tuxedos and women in evening wear slumming in in abandoned building while tasting the world’s most exquisite cuisine- fresh killed and barbequed human.
Detective Bennett sends a detail out to investigate and that very night his lead investigator is murdered. The NYPD try to push the narrative of the ‘murder’ as a suicide, but the Outreach Squad chooses to take care of their own.
Gone by James Patterson, is the sixth book in the acclaimed Michael Bennet: Detective series. (There are currently seventeen books in this series.)
The top Mexican Crime Lord, Manuel Perrine, smitten by the God of Death, has evaded capture once again. He now not only wants the Family of Michael Bennet to die, he seeks the slow submission and servitude of the entire justice system of the United States of America.