The Ridders

All BJ needs to do is deliver an envelope. It’s a simple task and shouldn’t take much thought or preparation–walk in and hand it over. He could do it in his sleep, really. It seems too good to be true, and he’s well aware of it. This, however, is not your ordinary envelope and comes with some truly disturbing consequences. On the other hand, if BJ can just talk himself into completing the task, he will walk away with a cool million. There are few things holding BJ back–his brother, his experience as a quasi-private investigator, and as it turns out, a murder.

The Ridders, by Lisa Towles, is a political action thriller and contains every element of humor, drama, and suspense readers could hope to encounter in 220 pages. Towles has introduced an amazing cast of characters beginning with narrator, BJ Janoff. BJ is a self-proclaimed wreck of a human being and prone to taking risks while his brother, Jonas is a level-headed planner and much less likely to fall prey to the type of scheme he believes BJ has now found himself battling.

The parallel storyline in Towles’s work is the perfect complement to BJ’s life-or-death delivery task. Jonas’s missing person case brings an even more intense sense of urgency to the storyline. As it complicates matters, BJ continues to look for ways to survive a job that should take no more energy than pouring a glass of water.

Towles is a master with humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the exchanges between characters, especially BJ and Jonas. There is a strong reference to family throughout the book, and the quips between brothers only serve to build upon that theme. Towles has created a thriller that is both amazing in its twists and turns and at the same time relatable–a truly remarkable feat.

The Ridders contains the type of writing I will choose each and every time when it presents itself. Dramas with memorable characters and complicated storylines are preferred far and above all other genres. Towles delivers just that. Every page is filled with introspection by the narrator and main character, BJ. His self-doubt and the way he relates to his brother endear him to readers and bring Towles’s work to life. I highly recommend this work to fans of thrillers who demand more from the reading–they won’t be disappointed.

ISBN:  978-1-64456-438-7

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