Contracts For Sale

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
332 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Contracts For Sale by Edward Izzi is a conspiracy thriller novel with high-intensity action and a story that will keep you guessing. Paul Crawford is a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and he is chasing a new case. Paul is looking into the “Houdini Victims.” People are being murdered, and somehow, there are no traces of clues or evidence. While investigating the perfect murder of a corporate executive who simply vanished into thin air, Paul has no idea how the killer or killers are doing it without leaving any trace behind. As more and more start vanishing, Paul finds some baffling clues that point to an environmental company. All he needs is a breakthrough, and he will get his man or men! But can Paul do it before the next person “vanishes” forever?

Contracts For Sale is suspenseful, thrilling, and very entertaining, and author Edward Izzi has worked his magic to make sure readers will be hooked. Here's the thing; you already know who the person is behind the murders, and usually, this wouldn’t be the case. However, I enjoyed the push and pull of this story. Izzi makes sure there are plenty of thrills and action lurking in the corner for readers to experience and feel surprised by. The narrative is well-crafted; it flows seamlessly and makes sure readers glide into the story. The tone is very natural, unexpected, and very realistic. It makes the story a lot more entertaining for readers, enabling them to become invested in it. Paul’s skills are no joke. He is cunning, a little savage, and very observant. He has a shrewd eye and notices things others overlook. He is authentic, just how you'd wish your suspense thriller protagonist to be. I highly recommend this book.

Essien Asian

The disappearance of a business executive does not look like a homicide worthy of making the pages of the newspaper for Peter Crawford but what he stumbles upon during his investigation cannot be any further from the truth. He discovers traces of a shadowy organization that has turned revenge into a fully-fledged money-spinning business for those who can meet their price. Crawford partners with veteran reporter, Chaz Rizzo, to get to the root of this mysterious outfit but what they do not realize is that their snooping has unwittingly turned them into targets. Will Crawford unmask this faceless group or will he become collateral damage? Find out in Contracts For Sale by Edward Izzi

The pace is swift and the action is nonstop in Edward Izzi's thriller. The plot may not be unique but the way Edward Izzi tells this story gives it an authenticity you cannot get anywhere else. The attention to detail in the novel is simply top-notch in every aspect. It is graphic where it needs to be and stylishly short on details where it is expected that a reader's imagination should be sufficient. Mark Stelter cuts the perfect picture for the head of an organization with such a specific purpose. Unassuming in appearance but deliciously ruthless when needed. The backstories of the characters are impressively put together in a way that brings the various subplots together fluidly. If you are an action or thriller junkie then this is the novel for you. Contracts For Sale ticks all the right boxes for a high-quality reading experience. Edward Izzi has outdone himself with this masterpiece.

Alma Boucher

Contracts for Sale by Edward Izzi is a conspiracy thriller about a reporter at the Sun-Times in Chicago. Paul Crawford is asked to investigate the disappearance and murder of a corporate executive. People are disappearing into thin air with no trace or any obvious reason. These disappearances are done professionally. Paul is working with his friend Chaz Rizzo, a reporter at Channel Eight. Mark Stelter, the CEO of Eradication Inc., hires assassins at a high tariff. Clients are guaranteed results and nothing will be traced back to them. Members are in this organization for life. Paul and Chaz’s investigation leads them to Eradication and some of the members are on high alert. Mark Stelter will do anything in his power to keep these two reporters from exposing the organization.

I was engaged in Contracts for Sale from the start. It had my attention until the very end. The story was intense and fast-paced. There was so much action that there never was a dull moment. I could not put it down and just kept turning the pages. All the twists and turns made the story powerful, and I never knew what to expect. It was a nail-biting experience with all the suspense. Edward Izzi is an excellent writer and kept the story on track. It was easy to follow, and one chapter was a run-up for the following chapter. The characters were well-developed and strong. They were authentic and relatable. My favorite characters were Paul and Chaz. They were on the hunt for the truth, and nothing could stop them. I loved the ending. It exceeded my expectations and was much more than I expected.

Trudi LoPreto

Journalist Paul Crawford is unrelenting in his investigation and will not stop until he finds all the answers. Detective Dorian and Paul Chaz also want answers. They soon are sharing their findings in hopes of getting closer to finding the solutions to why people are disappearing without a trace. As more bodies suddenly go missing, Paul, his buddy Channel Eight’s reporter Chaz Rizzo, and the Chicago police are baffled. However, the clues will soon lead them to Mark Stelter, CEO of Eradication, Inc. offering the clients that are willing to pay $99,900 the opportunity of quietly taking care of anyone they wish and never leaving a clue, a body, or DNA behind. The Eradication has a board of directors that earn a lot of money for each killing but have to commit to some stiff requirements and pay a hefty amount to become a part of the group. Some of them soon begin to realize that they made a mistake but it is too late and they are into a conspiracy too deep to ever get out.

Contracts for Sale is an amazingly good book. It is so much more than just a conspiracy, murder, or investigative story. It was really hard to stop reading and I stayed up late into the night, anxious to read more. The last few chapters reveal all in a surprising and twisting solution. Edward Izzi has written a conspiracy thriller with characters that are so real and a plot that is believable, fast, exciting, and thrilling from beginning to end. I highly recommend Contracts for Sale be put on the top of your reading list; you will not be disappointed. I would love to see a made-for-TV movie of this book or maybe a weekly show with a different victim each week. Edward Izzi has been added to my list of favorite authors and I am pretty sure you will do the same once you have read Contracts for Sale.

Keith Mbuya

The city of Chicago had become a hotbed of crime and murders. There were countless cases of people disappearing without any trace and not even the Chicago PD or the FBI had been able to solve the cases. However, when John Monahan, the CEO of a multi-million dollar tech company, goes missing, the Chicago PD is not ready to lose this case yet again. Albeit Monahan had many enemies, the first suspect is his former business associate Michael Fortuna. Fortuna and Monahan had recently had a bitter fallout after a business deal had gone sour. Paulie Crawford of the Chicago Sun-Times, among other reporters, and the Chicago PD get down to investigating Monahan’s case. Will they find out what happened to the missing Monahan? Get yourself Edward Izzi’s Contracts For Sale to know more.

Edward Izzi hatches the most intriguing plot for a gripping read. Once you flip open this page-turner, there is no stopping until you are at the end. Contracts For Sale is a must-read for lovers of crime thriller novels laced with an unraveling tale of murder, blackmail, betrayal, love affairs, deception, corruption, extortion, vengeance, and so much more. Izzi kept me on edge with thrills, suspense, adventure, action, drama, and wit. His depictions of the dramatic lives of some of the reporters, especially Crawford and Rizzo, and their encounters with members of the Chicago PD left my ribs sore. The author brings the scenes to life with impressively vivid depictions. Reading the book felt like watching a movie. Izzi wonderfully developed the cast, bringing out their traits. This coupled with the remarkable depth of sentiment in the narration made it easy for me to experience the characters’ emotions and connect with them. Contracts For Sale is a magnificent piece of work and I loved it. I’m looking forward to reading more of Izzi’s work.