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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Friday Cage is a contemporary thriller novel written by Andrew Diamond. Claire couldn’t figure out why the fat man in the ancient and smoking old Lincoln Continental was following her. He wasn’t even bothering to be surreptitious about it either. She could smell the burning oil and hear the clattering of the tired old engine even before she saw it. Could it really be Peter? While her precipitous exit from their relationship and shared apartment in New York City was not the smoothest or kindest thing she had ever done, she couldn’t believe Peter would really send a private eye after her. Or was it that strange cop who came to interview her about the tragic death of her old friend, Gavin. His behavior had been so off that she felt threatened and uneasy while he was there and even afterward. There was also the matter of someone stealing her mail at her grandmother’s house in DC where she was currently staying. Part of Claire wanted to run back to New York City and the comfort and warmth that was her life with Peter, but she also needed to understand what had happened to Gavin -- and why she was being stalked.
Andrew Diamond’s The Friday Cage is a fast-paced and exciting story that kept me engaged and happily reading until I had finished the last page. His characters are well-defined and authentic, and his plot is ingenious and gloriously unpredictable. I also appreciated the complexity of Diamond’s tale with the underlying story of Claire’s cruel and manipulative grandmother and the impact growing up with her had on Claire’s life as an adult. Add in corporate corruption and one of the most compelling and odd private investigators in literature today, and you’ve got an entertaining book that delivers on a number of levels. The Friday Cage is highly recommended.