Hank is a journalist who took voluntary redundancy from The Tribune, and now writes travel pieces and teaches. He gets a phone call from an old college friend on his way to boarding a flight and discovers days later that his friend died of an overdose. He stumbles upon a number of deaths that seem to relate back to a panel of speakers. With a student in his class he embarks on a quest to find out what’s going on.
A very well written mystery/suspense thriller and the characters are very compelling too. Hank has flaws and makes questionable choices but is a news hound at heart, who unravels part of the mystery. June his student is eager and also instinctively advantaged to be able to smell out a clue or two. You definitely will look at motivational speakers differently after reading this!
I did not see the twists coming in the brilliant finale and recommend this one to all mystery suspense fans, who prefer character and substance over high octane, fast paced thrillers.