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Reviewed by Andy Hutchings for Readers' Favorite
I’ve been lucky enough to spend my reading time with Christopher Amato’s Shadow Investigation, an espionage thriller that follows DEA agent Sam Dahl as he takes a break from his mundane role at LAX to help a friend find their missing parents. Sam is an excellent lead character in this book. He is nuanced and grounded in reality in a way that underscores the entire work with a plausibility that quickly elevates it above standard thriller fare. As Sam launches an off-the-books investigation into the missing people, it quickly becomes apparent that his experience as a DEA agent will be key when a powerful drug kingpin is implicated.
There’s a nail-biting thrill ride that positively prickles with danger and intrigue lying wait for you in the pages of this novel, with author Christopher Amato utilizing his years of real-world experience in law enforcement well to breathe a refreshing level of realism into a genre that too often relies on the suspension of disbelief to work. The way the characters behave, talk, and even the way they dress felt different from almost every other thriller I’ve read. This is due to both the deep understanding of how this world works that the author brings to the table, and also their deft sense of prose that leads to the world feeling dynamic and within our reach. Shadow Investigation is a thrill ride that has everything fans of the genre will love and more, with expertly mixed intrigue, action, and even romance packaged together in one unforgettable narrative.