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Reviewed by Larry Krantz for Readers' Favorite
Downfall by Brian Lutterman is a well-constructed thriller that moves along quickly. The main character is a female paraplegic lawyer, who is pulled into a maelstrom of evil manipulation. She is gritty and determined, a complex and believable character. The heroine must use her brains and inner resolve to uncover the plot that led to her dismissal from her job as a corporate lawyer. She discovers a nefarious scheme that has been used on other unsuspecting businesses. Soon, she discovers that her life is in danger, as are the lives of other people. She has to connect the dots and one clue leads to another revelation, until the final confrontation with the forces behind these manipulative schemes. Along the way, she meets resistance from those who should be helping her, and finds help in an unexpected place. It is her strength of character that helps her carry through, and is finally recognized by others. Other characters, including a black CEO, are also multi-dimensional and interesting.
The plotting of this mystery is complicated and moves in surprising directions. Brian Lutterman is an excellent writer who does not get bogged down with excess verbiage but lets the story unfold at a nice pace. The story kept my interest throughout and I recommend it as an excellent read. The setting is wintry Minneapolis and later southern California. Downfall is current, the characters make good use of technology, and it is appropriate in today's fast-moving world. Adults of all ages, as well as young people, should enjoy this fine story. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and story telling.