Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: When No One Is Watching by Joseph Hayes

When No One is WatchingOn the eve of announcing his run for Congress, a charismatic Chicago politician causes a deadly accident. Panicked, he frames his best friend, a good-hearted alcoholic, and flees the scene. As one man tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, the other embarks on a meteoric rise to political stardom. But when a dogged detective digs deeper into the case, the political superstar must decide just how far he is willing to go to keep his dark secret and avoid an explosive scandal that could ruin him and rock the entire nation. In this suspenseful thriller, author Joseph Hayes asks, is "the greater good" just a lie we tell ourselves to justify the sins we commit when no one is watching?

Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets four stars.  It was very well written with a great pace and feel and was immediately engrossing.

I have to say that I sped through this wondering just how it would end.  It was a fascinating look into an ethical dilemma - is one life more valuable than others?  The characters were full-bodied, yet what one might expect of the pond scum that is politicians and lawyers.

I must admit that while the majority of this was a page turner I was not overly impressed with the ending, but the time investment was well worth it nonetheless.

This is highly recommended for political thriller fans.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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