I absolutely adore books of the mystery/thriller genre, so today I’m reviewing The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith (as you may have guessed from the title). Also, this is my very first ARC review, so yay!
All right then, let’s get down to business.
Title: The Fourth Courier
Author: Timothy Jay Smith
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page count: 284
The Fourth Courier released on April 3rd in hardback, Kindle and e-book formats.
It is 1992 in Warsaw, Poland, and the communist era has just ended. A series of grisly murders suddenly becomes an international case when it’s feared that the victims may have been couriers smuggling nuclear material out of the defunct Soviet Union. The FBI sends an agent to help with the investigation. When he learns that a Russian physicist who designed a portable atomic bomb has disappeared, the race is on to find him—and the bomb—before it ends up in the wrong hands.
The plot is amazing. I’ll admit that I stuggled to keep up with the book at times, but I understood the the gist of it and it really is brilliant.
Dr. Sergej Ustinov is a highly valued Russian physicist, who lives in a controlled environment at a remote nuclear facility in Kosmonovo. He claims to have developed a portable atomic bomb for which there will be several buyers in the dangerous, flourishing black market.
General Dravko Mladic, the Head of Yugoslavian Secret Services and a Serbian nationalist has spine-chilling dreams. Dreams of a new Serbia, which is ruled by him. Dreams which include an atomic bomb that he is willing to pay a million dollars for.
Basia Husarska is the Director of the Bureau for Organised Crime in Warsaw. She has dreams of a future and will do anything to achieve them.
Joining Detective Kulski, FBI agent Jay Porter is sent to Poland to investigate a series of crimes committed by what seems to be a serial killer. But what is common between all the victims? Why were they killed? And who is the last victim, the fourth courier?
Jay is very good at his job. From the time that he appears on the scene, he sniffs clues out and comes to eerily correct conclusions based on the leads. He’s able to make connections between what he sees and what others see and hear, which is what allows him to be in the right place at the right time, along with his partner, black and gay CIA agent Kurt Crawford.
A web of lies and deceit is expertly spun in this novel and just makes you want to read more. This tale, with it’s twists and turns will keep you hooked until the very end.
The link to the YouTube trailer for this book is here.