Title: The Fixer by T.E. Woods
Mort Grant #1
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 312 pages
Book Rating: B
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T. E. Woods delivers a fast-paced thriller—the first in an electrifying new series—peopled with sharp, intriguing characters and more twists and turns than a corkscrew.
Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She’s the person you hire when you need something fixed—permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it’s clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible—and quite deadly. . . .
In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police . . . but it might be too late.
In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father’s expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer—only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.
Vigilante? Or cold blooded killer? The line between the two is definitely blurred when it comes to T.E. Woods’ debut mystery, The Fixer. Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, there are plenty of shades of gray in this compelling whodunnit. An abundance of twists and turns make guessing the killer’s identity next to impossible and I have to confess, I was rooting for the murderer throughout the entire novel.
The fixer is who you call when justice has failed and with her clear cut rules, she is certain her victims deserve the punishment she is about to deliver. Carefully planning each killing, silently stalking her victims, her murders have gone undetected for years. Until now. A tenacious reporter reaches out to his cop father and together they uncover a pattern that will lead them to straight to the unsuspecting killer.
Savannah Samuels, a beautiful but emotionally fragile young woman, seeks therapy from Dr. Lydia Corriger, a well established psychologist with a thriving practice. Savannah is quite mysterious and very reluctant to reveal any of her secrets but she is quite clear that she has done horrible things. Lydia is troubled by Savannah’s inability to open up, but her perseverance eventually pays off, and she is stunned by Savannah’s revelations.
Lydia’s concern for Savannah draws her into the murder investigation of a local grad student. In an effort to discover the possible link between his death and her patient, Lydia contacts the cop on the case, Mort Grant. Mort’s investigation is at a standstill and he is quite eager to talk to Lydia. Despite his feeling that she is hiding something, Mort is drawn to Lydia and when their paths later cross, they begin forming a tentative friendship.
It takes a while for the various storylines to comes together, but once they do, The Fixer becomes impossible to put down. The characters are fascinating and the mystery is incredibly intriguing but I was consumed with trying to guess the fixer’s identity. Just when I thought I had the story all figured out, T.E. Woods throws in a MAJOR plot twist that I never saw coming. All in all, it is a very clever mystery with a unique storyline and I am very eager to read the next book in the series.