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Trust No One
by Gregg Hurwitz
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St. Martin's, 2009 (2009)
Hardcover, CD
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The title of Gregg Hurwitz's latest brilliant thriller, Trust No One, comes from kanji characters tattooed on the arms of various sinister characters - the words also form advice it behooves the hero to keep in the forefront of his mind as he untangles the convoluted conspiracy that has poisoned his life since his teens.

The novel opens on a California scene that could have been taken straight from a new 24 season, as SWAT team agents swing down from a helicopter to drag 36-year-old Nick Horrigan out of what has recently been a quiet life. Apparently a terrorist has threatened to blow up the nuclear power plant at San Onofre unless he has a chance to talk to the stepson of Frank Durant (once a Secret Service agent).

Deposited on the scene by Black Hawk, Nick is told to give the terrorist a cell phone. Before the situation explodes, the man gives him something and warns him his life is on the line. Gradually, Nick reveals to the reader things he's told no-one, not even his ex-girlfriend (now closest friend) Induma about events seventeen years before that sent him in flight from his previously comfortable suburban life, and blighted his future.

As a presidential race - between establishment incumbent Andrew Bilton and progressive Senator Jasper Caruthers - heats up, Nick decides it's time to stop running. Helped by Induma and by his homeless friend Homer, he faces up to his past (and the guilt he still feels over his stepfather's death) and follows clues mysteriously fed to him, with government agents - and extreme violence - close in his wake.

Though I did guess who was ultimately responsible early on in Trust No One, there were still plenty of surprises along the way and - as always - Gregg Hurwitz gives readers an outstanding ride to a symmetric and highly satisfying ending. Hurwitz's unusual and enthralling thrillers are not to be missed and Trust No One is highly recommended.

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