32 Minutes

Freddy Ferguson Book 3

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
214 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2023
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Fans of Andrew Diamond’s many books and series have another great story to enjoy in 32 Minutes: Freddy Ferguson Book 3, where Diamond brings together two of his favorite series’ protagonists, Freddy Ferguson and Claire Chastain. The plot revolves around Freddy’s search for a suddenly-gone-missing corporate executive. Freddy is hired by the executive’s arrogant boss who makes it clear to Freddy from the outset that he sees everyone, including Freddy, as little more than a mat under his feet. Part of my enjoyment of the novel was sensing Freddy’s growing dislike for this despicable man. Through Freddy’s own words and actions, Diamond does a stellar job of getting readers to hate him too. Those who enjoy getting inside the characters as much as being absorbed by a good plot will love Freddy’s reaction to Leighton Graham, who is as overbearing as his name.

Watching Freddy go from a dearth of clues to solving the mysterious disappearance and nailing the culprit shows readers why Andrew Diamond’s books are so successful. He plots 32 Minutes carefully, keeps readers guessing throughout, and even when Freddy is doing little more than ruminating on his life and his love for Claire, the pace never flags. The romantic interludes with Claire are pleasant, but not a distracting diversion. Chapters are short but it’s near impossible not to take a peek at the next chapter before setting the book aside. That’s good writing. Of course, the most exciting part of the story takes place near the end. Throughout the novel, I was curious about its title. Now I know and it was so worth the read to find out. Enjoy the book. I certainly did.

Pikasho Deka

Andrew Diamond's 32 Minutes is the third book in the Freddy Ferguson series. When the CTO of Recursion Talent disappears without a trace, CEO Leighton Graham hires the services of private investigator Freddy Ferguson to find him. An abrasive man with little regard for those he believes are beneath him, Leighton's personality rubs Freddy the wrong way, but he still commits himself to solving the case professionally. Freddy converses with Karl's wife Erica and follows the clues to find himself robbed alongside a drug addict and barely escapes with his life. Soon after Karl's dead body is found, another one follows suit, and Freddy realizes things are not as simple as they seem. Meanwhile, an investigative reporter sheds new light on the case, leading Freddy to take risks that put himself and those he loves in grave danger.

Andrew Diamond's 32 Minutes is a gripping sleuth tale that hooks you from the first page and keeps you engaged until the last. Diamond crafts an absorbing plot and surprises with well-placed curveballs that will have you guessing what's coming next with each page turn. But the well-fleshed-out characters are the highlight of the book for me. Freddy is a complex protagonist with inner conflict and layers to peel away beneath his outer persona. His relationship with Claire and his severe dislike of someone like Leighton makes him an extremely relatable person who you can't help rooting for. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommended it to sleuth mystery readers.

Mimie Odigwe

When tech executive Karl Larsson goes missing, his impetuous boss, Leighton Graham, demands that Private Investigator Freddy Ferguson find Karl and return him to the office ASAP. Two plausible explanations follow Karl’s disappearance: he ran off with a mistress, or Karl had fled a life of debt, leaving his family behind, but they don’t add up. However, as Freddy delves deeper into the evidence, he gets sucked into the murky corporate world of dog-eat-dog existence, a tangle of drug abuse, remorseless murder, and multimillion-dollar investment fraud. Andrew Diamond's 32 Minutes is a tale of suspense, danger, and intrigue that will captivate readers from the first page.

Even though this is the third novel in the Freddy Ferguson series, following up was a piece of cake. Andrew Diamond ensures that new readers can easily understand Freddy’s life, job, and connection with Claire without reading the preceding books. Freddy’s philosophies and introspection are my favorite aspects of this crime novel. Diamond's 32 Minutes is an intense and riveting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end with a blend of action, suspense, twists, and realistic characters. If, like me, you enjoy pondering the notion behind a novel’s title, 32 Minutes derives from the final clue required to crack the case and find Karl Larsson. While solving the mystery was not difficult, the pace and tension will keep you devouring page after page of this classic detective thriller.