The Guise of Another

The Guise of AnotherThe Guise of Another by Allen Eskens
Published by Seventh Street Books on October 6th 2015
Pages: 269
ISBN: 1633880761
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Who was James Putnam?

The person who is believed to be James Putnam it turns out is not him. This is not a spoiler – it’s in the description of the book but it does start the reader’s journey down the path of this book. Detective Alexander Rupert is a Minnesota detective who needs some redemption. He is currently under investigation and his life is falling apart fast. He is assigned to work in the Fraud department and is not too popular with his fellow detectives as he is under investigation for corruption. He needs to win and win big in order to turn his troubled life around. He takes on a case of identity theft, hoping it will be enough to save his reputation with the force.

The phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind as it appears that Detective Putnam has bitten off more than he can chew. He draws the attention of an assassin who is also looking for someone and the case becomes a cat and mouse chase for the truth. His brother Max, a fellow police detective tries to help him on this case but as one slips down the rabbit hole…can they be saved?

There were some twists with this book. I found the storytelling to be good. I did enjoy his other book “The life we bury” a more enjoyable read for me, but this was still very sound storytelling. Eskens is simply a great writer. His written word is so enjoyable to read. His writing is intelligent, his books are well thought out, paced and never feel too long nor too short. He is an Author who does not disappoint. I look forward to reading more of his books.


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