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Review: ‘The Directive’ is compelling thriller

This book cover image released by Little, Brown and Company shows "The Directive," by Matthew Quirk. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Company)

This book cover image released by Little, Brown and Company shows "The Directive," by Matthew Quirk. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Company)

“The Directive,” Matthew Quirk’s follow-up to his best-selling The 500, continues the adventures of lawyer and former con man Mike Ford in another exciting page-turner.

Mike, who has reformed, is looking forward to marrying his fiancee, Annie. They are finalizing china patterns and wedding invitation fonts when Annie’s father pulls Mike aside and tries to buy him off.

Shortly afterward, Mike’s brother, Jack, invites him to dinner. They have been estranged, and Jack wants to reconcile. Mike has a hard time believing Jack has reformed. He wants to believe that Jack is now on the right side of the law, but it’s difficult. His suspicions are justified when men with guns arrive.

Mike is forced back into the world of cons to not only save his brother, but Annie as well. These criminals will stop at nothing to get what they want, and murder is nothing more than a means to an end.

Associated Press

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