Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Get Maitland - 5th in the Evan Maitland Mystery series
Author: James Patrick Hunt
Publisher: Five Star
Release Date: April 2011
Year/Setting: Present day, London, England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
James Patrick's Website/Blog: None found
Evan Maitland is a former policeman in Chicago also, he used to be a bounty hunter and now, believe it or not, he deals in antiques. This is the fifth book in this series and even though Evan Maitland's present vocation is a bit unlikely, to say the least, it is very true.
When Evan is invited to a very classy party in Chicago by his partner, he goes but, with much hesitation. He is not a social butterfly and leaves most of the parties to his partner. However, there is someone at the party that wants to speak with him alone. Mr. Max Glendenning, a very high end antique dealer, is in the market for a very rare and valuable antique chair that he was in the process of acquiring and then it was either stolen or lost somewhere in London. He wants Evan to go to London and find it for him. Max plans to pay Evan a great deal of money to find and bring back the chair. So, Evan, who really misses the hunt and chase of bounty hunting agrees to go and find the chair.
Unfortunately, his reputation as a cop in Chicago precedes him and he comes in contact with two brothers, Ian and Ken Shivers, who are London gangsters, and have nothing whatsoever with antiques. They have recently been involved in a robbery in Chicago and the spoils are on the way to London. The brothers think that Evan is there to take away their new acquisition and they go after him. Also, the Treasury Department and FBI are also interested in him because they think that he had a hand in the murder of an Agent.
This is a really good book that proves that England is not only the land of the Queen, tea and crumpets and a lot of high brow events but can also be violent, murderous and strange as Evan tries to get out from under all the intrigue and find his chair. In his struggle to survive, Evan meets up with some very solid characters and you readers will have to have a score card to keep them all straight. But, the book is interesting and not at all stodgy. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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