Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' F for Readers' Favorite
This book was once said, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Peter Talbot Emerson could have said the same thing. His wife Terri had died the previous year. Shortly after the funeral Peter headed to Mexico. He tried to drink away his pain; most of his stay there is a blur. When the Mexican police found a charred body they assumed it was Peter and declared him dead. His friends threw him a big funeral and buried the unrecognizable body next to Terri. Imagine their surprise when Peter showed up in LA…alive.
Peter decided he needed a new beginning and taking a job on the other side of the country would give him that beginning. He was settling into his new post in Waltham, MA.
Peter was shocked when he saw his and Terri’s obituaries in the Columbus, Ohio’s paper. He was determined to find out who had been using his identity and why. The more he investigated the more he found questions instead of answers answers.
Organized crime, funerals, obituaries, and the Undertaker will keep readers turning the pages. I mustn’t forget the mysterious man with a .45 that keeps showing up in Peter’s life. The Undertaker by William F. Brown has it all suspense, mystery, action, intrigue, politicians, conspiracy, thrills, and a bit of romance. The reader is quickly drawn in to this book. Peter is a multidimensional character; he is quite personable but more than a little dim at times. There are lots of “bad” guys and Peter never knows who to trust. The plot is full of surprises. What looks like a simple identity theft soon becomes a complicated crime involving the Mafia. This book has over 400 pages which at first may seem a daunting but once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The name of this book fits perfect with the plot. This is not a book I want to read alone late at night. I may never look at a funeral home in the same way again.