City on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff
Bantam: November 15, 2016
Source: Free From Publisher
City on Edge is the second book in the Eve Rossi thriller/mystery series. In the first book, Hostage Taker, readers are introduced to FBI agent, Eve Rossi and her rather dubious recruits, all of them ex-cons. After the successful events of the previous book, Eve and her team have been given some legitimacy, which comes in handy when New York’s police commissioner is almost assassinated and his daughter kidnapped. Eve and her unusual crew are on the case and hoping to find the commissioner’s daughter safe; however, they don’t count on the numerous hurdles in their path.
City on Edge is a solid follow-up to the high-octane Hostage Taker. Like the previous book, readers spend time with all of the characters, getting various takes on the situation that they are confronted with. While I don’t think this style really lends itself well to character development its something that can work over the course of a series. Only time will tell if this is the case for the Eve Rossi series. For myself, I personally felt that I have barely scratched the surface of the numerous characters in the novel. While all of the characters are intriguing, I generally look for more depth to my characters than is evident in City on Edge.
What is done quite well in City on Edge is the author use of the city as a character. Like the previous book, the author focuses on one thing that is a New York City icon, in this case, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Details about the parade are peppered throughout the novel and while interesting, the parade also serves as means to ratchet up the tension. Preparations for the launch of the parade mirror Eve’s investigators, making the inclusion of details about parade seamless.
For those who enjoy their books with a strong sense of place and those who are fond of New York City, City on Edge is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. While I wouldn’t say that readers really get to know the numerous characters to the series, there is a lot of information dropped to keep most character-driven enthusiasts intrigued. I’m curious to see where book three takes Eve and her team, especially given the ambiguous closure of the case.