Book Review: City on Edge (An Eve Rossi Novel) by Stefanie Pintoff

Posted November 14, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

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Book Review: City on Edge (An Eve Rossi Novel) by Stefanie PintoffCity on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff
Series: Eve Rossi #2
Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 15th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Thrillers, General, Women Sleuths
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 9780425284469
ASIN: B018PD0F94
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Edgar Award–winning author Stefanie Pintoff shoots to thrill in her gripping new novel of suspense.   

The night before the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a crowd gathers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to watch the giant balloons fill with helium and rise toward the sky. Then the festive ritual takes a terrifying turn—a gunshot rings out, police commissioner Logan Donovan falls, and panic erupts. When the chaos clears, another crime is revealed: Donovan’s daughter, Allie, has been kidnapped. Soon the abductor will make his shocking demands.

Within hours, Special Agent Eve Rossi and her handpicked team of quick-thinking, swift-moving, hard-striking former convicts know a lot about the kidnapper. He’s somewhere close by, holding Allie along with a captive boy. He hates Logan Donovan enough to destroy him. And he will kill.

But there’s more Eve and her team don’t know—about a weapon planted inside the parade, about Commissioner Donovan’s hidden life, and about the secrets his daughter keeps. As people line the streets, bands and marchers prepare, and the massive parade steps off into New York’s echoing canyons, a desperate race begins to keep the city from being torn asunder by a brutal act of violence. But even as her squad deploys for action, Eve grapples with a harrowing question: Whom should she fear more—a vengeful man threatening innocent lives, or a charming, arrogant cop fighting to save his daughter, who may be trying to cover up his crimes?

Stefanie Pintoff’s crime fighting heroine, Eve Rossi, is back for a new adventure in City on Edge. This time, Eve and her team must save the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and rescue the police Commissioner’s daughter from a deranged madman. With the clock ticking, Eve must figure out who she can trust and uncover the Commissioner’s secret life in order to save the day. City on Edge is a gripping crime drama that hooks you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the surprising conclusion.

I fell in love with this series with the first novel, Hostage Taker. Eve Rossi is a smart, strong woman working for the FBI who uses unorthodox methods to solve crimes. Helping her is a group of former convicts that the FBI uses to solve difficult cases. Eve and her crew have been given three tasks to accomplish by the end of the parade, or the young girl will die. I found this premise to be lots of fun as I never got tired of guessing who the perpetrator could be. The police Commissioner is no boy scout, so anyone in his past could be behind the crime. I even wondered if Donovan himself could be behind the dirty deed.

Aside from Eve and Donovan, I enjoyed watching Eve’s team work. Their unorthodox past made them unpredictable, and I never knew what scheme they’d pull off to bring Donovan’s daughter home safely. All of the characters are very well-written, complex, and can carry scenes on their own without Eve. I also enjoyed the lingering “will-they/ won’t-they” tension between Eve and her computer hacker Haddox. They have an interesting past, and I love how Pintoff slowly peels back layers to reveal it to her readers. The two have chemistry, and I look forward to seeing if they will hook up for good.

Throwing a wrench in a possible Rossi/Haddox romance is Commissioner Donovan. He’s handsome, charismatic, and an obvious player. Throughout the book I kept wanting him to be revealed as a bad guy so Eve could wind up with Haddox. Donovan is a bad boy in every way, and I can see why Eve is attracted to him. Keeping to her pattern, Pintoff left some loose ends in this possible love triangle, so I guess readers will have to wait and see what develops in future novels.

City on Edge is a great mystery that fans of crime novels shouldn’t pass up. It’s well-written, has complex characters, and a nice, steady plot. If you haven’t checked out Stefanie Pintoff before, now is the time. While this is the second book in Pintoff’s Eve Rossi series, you don’t have to read Hostage Taker in order to enjoy this novel. However, since both are spectacular, I highly recommend it.

About Stefanie Pintoff

Stefanie Pintoff is the Edgar® award-winning author of HOSTAGE TAKER and the Simon Ziele historical mysteries. Her writing has also won the Washington Irving Book Prize and earned nominations for the Anthony, Macavity, and Agatha awards. Pintoff’s novels have been published around the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, and Japan. She lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where she is at work on the next Eve Rossi thriller.


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