Review: When Alli Carson, a former President's daughter, is accused of murder at a special operations institute for FBI agents, National Security Advisor Jack McClure steps in to determine the truth in Blood Trust, the third mystery in this series by Eric Van Lustbader.
President Carson is dead from a tragic automobile accident that also critically injured his wife. But now she, too, has died following complications from surgery. Alli, who is attending an elite training facility, has always looked up to McClure, the man who has given her guidance and support over the years, and now she needs him more than ever when her boyfriend Billy Warren, who she was seen arguing with just days earlier, is murdered. Two powerful forces are soon at odds here: Alli's wealthy and politically connected uncle, who claims to have her best interests at heart but is really trying to protect his own; and McClure, who has the resources of the Federal government at his disposal in his effort to identify Warren's killer and why he was killed.
Blood Trust is more than simply an action-packed thriller — which, indeed it is — in that there's an underlying message that drives the plot: we may think we're choosing out paths in life, but there are often vast and hidden forces that compel us into situations, sometimes against our will. Truths are frequently hidden and when exposed — if exposed — it may be more far complicated and conflicted than we can imagine. It is how this message is applied that gives this multi-layered novel depth and interest beyond the characters and their individual deeds. Too, there is much going on here, with the action swiftly moving and involving terrorists and human trafficking and corruption at the highest levels of government. Standard fare, but made so much better by the presence of McClure and Alli, who bring their own complementary strengths to the story and elevate it as a result.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Blood Trust.
Acknowledgment: Authors on the Web provided a copy of Blood Trust for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Forge (Hardcover), February 2010
ISBN-13: 9780765325150; ISBN-10: 0765325152
Forge (Hardcover), September 2012
ISBN-13: 9780765333391; ISBN-10: 0765333392
Location(s) referenced in Blood Trust: Washington DC
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Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader — A Jack McClure Mystery
Publication Date: May 2011
List Price: $25.99