Review by Molly
Over a single weekend Nouri Sommers life becomes a wild whirlwind of intrigue to include both a death threat and an actual attempt on her life causing her to need a keeper in the form of Boston Police detective Gabe Baldwin. A beautiful French police woman causes jealousy Nouri is loathe to admit. Otto Lambert of Lambert Island is attacked, and Nouris long time friend Genna Matthews may have had something to do with the assault. Gabe and Nouri travel to France only to run headlong into Nouris former love and her husbands attorney Clint Chamberlain. The Asian mob Red Devil figure prominently in Chamberlains journey to France and his need for secrecy. Chamberlain who often proclaims his adoration for Nouri has taken up with a Nouri look alike for his mistress.
Steven Li and Genna Matthews hatch a plot to rid themselves of Nouri and take charge of Ethan Sommers vast fortune. When Nouri is grabbed at the hotel elevator Gabe knows he must take decisive action. The question as to why Li is so determined to do away with Nouri is answered by the end of the book.
Following on the heels of Forbidden, the second in Writer Taylors Lambert Series comes the third: Friendly Enemies. Again Taylors account is filled with robust and unwavering characters set against a framework of conspiracy, deceitfulness and torrid romance. Forceful colloquy between the players set the stage for intrigue. The chronicle travels from Lambert near Cape Cod to France and China. The reader is presented a glimpse into a side of life few of us even imagine as the anecdote surrounding wealthy Ethan Sommers and his stop at nothing cohorts evolves. That Ethan Sommers is a man who has presented himself into a dangerous and corrupt environment is exposed in categorical fashion.
Friendly Enemies, as were the previous two works, is as much a tale of the decay often presented by intensification of power presented by amassing of immense affluence without integrity as it is a momentary view into the longings of a collection of reckless, desolate people. Each of the major characters appears to be seeking something and not knowing what it is they really desire. Each character seems to not be satisfied with what they have even though they have sought that item or position prior to the acquisition of the entity. Even when it comes to relationships the characters find themselves enmeshed in a tangle of loving and being loved by one who is loved and loving another.
Writer Murray has a sprightly, breezy writing style in which she presents a large array of very different well fleshed characters. Murray paints a keenly focused tale of intrigue, greed and lasciviousness. The reader is caught up in the tale from the opening paragraph as we follow Nouri down a Connecticut Police Station corridor. Interest is held tight right to the last lines when we see Clint Chamberlain plotting his strategy for getting away with theft, his life and his relationships with both Nouri and her look alike.
There continue to be some small areas where editing might be in order to tighten up the ly endings. On the whole Friendly Enemies moves right along, the recital is supposable and the writing holds the interest of the reader. Some tongue in cheek type cliché's included.
True to the Genre. Not for everyone, some graphic sex, some profanity. Entertaining read. Recommended for those who enjoy the genre.
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