My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(by Cassandra Publishing Inc.)
Jeremy Hart, a senior prosecutor in the LA District Attorney’s office, is a young widower whose grief counsellor sends him to a charity party to jump-start his social life. At the party, he meets Claire, a young married woman with two small children who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Peter, a very wealthy and abusive man. When a courtship develops between Jeremy and Claire, Claire’s violent husband Peter discovers the affair. After a brutal beating, Claire confides to Jeremy that she believes that Peter is planning on taking her life.
When Claire’s husband is found shot to death in the driveway of his home, detective Ulysses S. Gibson and his partner Jennifer Donahue are called to investigate the murder. For the prosecutor, the crime is an easy conviction when all the leads of the investigation point to Jeremy.
For detectives Gibson and Donahue, nothing is so obvious. How are these individuals connected? And what of the death of Jeremy’s wife, Elizabeth, years go? Gibson and Donahue keep the scales of justice in balance as they discover everyone’s ‘Hidden Agenda.’
Peter S. Berman is a promising author. I am looking forward to reading his future books.
As an avid crime (fiction) reader I have to admit that I was immediately drawn into the story. The plot makes you want to continue without interruptions. Hart, Gibson, and Donahue are characters you can easily become familiar with.
The cleverly elaborated plot steers the readers through different stages of sympathies and antipathies; the desire to shake one’s head as well as to giving the thumbs up on certain occasions.
Explaining more insights might lead to spoilers. Therefore, just note this: A must read for all crime fans.
I definitely consider “Hidden Agenda” as movie material.
My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Hidden Agenda”? Or – if you did not yet read “Hidden Agenda” – are you now interested?
My question for you cinephiles:
If “Hidden Agenda” was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to your comments.