Book Review: Iconoclast


Burdened by the pressing weight of survivor’s guilt, Sean McPherson, an ex-cop, is desperate for redemption. At Pines & Quill, a writer’s retreat in the Pacific Northwest, he and his fiancée, Emma Benton, are planning their lives together. He wants to go back into law enforcement. She plans to walk again.

Georgio “The Bull” Gambino, head of a Seattle-based crime family, has a long reach. Like cockroaches, his minions infiltrate the most inaccessible places to do his bidding.

With Seattle to the south, the Canadian border a stone’s throw to the north, and Bellingham Bay—a gateway to the Pacific Ocean—immediately to the west, Bellingham is the ideal location for the Gambino crime family to traffic drugs, weapons, and humans. But McPherson’s in Gambino’s way and must be eliminated.

The month’s writers in residence include an Afghanistan War veteran, a professional photographer, a civil rights attorney, and a gourmet chef. But McPherson suspects there’s more going on than the joy of creating plot twists. Is one of the writers conspiring to murder outside the pages of their manuscript?

My Review

Sean aka Mick is back. I was first introduced to Sean in book one, Indelible. Instantly, I became emotionally attached to him. Reading this book was like visiting with old friends again. It is great to see how he and Emma, his fiancé are adjusting to life after the events of the first book. 

What I like about these books are the unique cast of characters that are introduced in each book. This new cast was so diverse. Author, Laurie writes her books so that me, the reader is able to invest in the characters as well as the story. You can say that these books are very character driven. Sean does shine again as he tackles The Bull. 

Once I started reading, I found myself reading chapters at a time. The story moved at a very good, fast pace. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. 


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