Hades Review
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When Abby Harmon first sought out Police Chief Justin Westwood in the local bar, he knew that getting involved with her could very well mean trouble for him—but he had no idea that he’d end up a suspect in the brutal murder of her Wall Street shark husband, Evan.

After Evan’s murder, a district attorney with political aspirations and questionable ties suspends Justin from his position in the East End Harbor Police Department, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to give up on the case. As he investigates Evan’s murder, he ends up back home, in Providence, Rhode Island. He’s forced to dig up painful memories when his dead wife’s brother-in-law, Ron, goes missing—and eventually turns up dead. Not far behind is one of Justin’s old friends, who has just enough time to send Justin a cryptic message before she breathes her last.

As Justin searches deeper into Evan Harmon’s past, he begins to realize that his death and Ron’s may be connected, tangled in a web of crooked business dealings. To figure out their association, however—and to solve the murders—he has to work with an FBI agent who broke his heart not long ago.

Hades is a complex and involved mystery, filled with shady business deals made by even shadier businessmen. It isn’t likely that you’ll be able to put all the pieces of this mystery together on your own, and the solution may be a bit too complex (not to mention a little bit difficult to follow) for casual readers. As with the last Justin Westwood novel, Midas, Hades is best suited for readers who know a little bit about the business world. But Andrews is a pro when it comes to writing about corrupt businessmen and their complicated schemes. And Westwood is a character who’s sure to win you over—even if you don’t know much about hedge funds or investment portfolios—if only for his incredible talent for getting himself into (and then out of) sticky situations.

Though some of characters and plot lines feel a bit contrived (like the strange team of Asian killers, whose connection to the whole story seems to be a bit of a stretch), the rest of Hades is a solid and carefully-constructed story with memorable characters. If you enjoyed Midas, you’ll like Hades even more. Just be sure to brush up on your business jargon before you begin.

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