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THE MARK
JASON PINTER
ISBN# (10): 0-7783-2489-3/ (13): 978-0-7783-2489-8
June 26, 2007
MIRA Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
384 pages
$7.99 U.S./$9.50 Canada
Crime Novel
Rating: 4 Cups

Henry Parker accepts a job with The Gazette. He hopes to become an investigative journalist like Bob Woodward. On his fourth day at the Gazette he is offered his first reporting assignment. Henry is the average guy, ambitious, patient and sometimes stubborn. Getting a new job in a new place is exciting, especially working fifteen feet from Jack O’Donnell, who he practically idolizes. There is nothing that he would not do for someone of Jack’s caliber, even pick up his dry cleaning if necessary.

Amanda Davies is studying law and hopes to pass the bar soon. When she receives a call from a Carl Bernstein, then offers him a ride, she never expected to be on the run with Henry.

Henry is called upon for an assignment that ends up not only getting him shot at, but after regaining consciousness, he is not the one writing the news, he is the big news wanted for the killing of a police officer during a failed drug bust. For someone who wanted to write about crime, his picture is now splattered across the paper. Henry has become one of the people he has long wanted to expose. With misunderstandings, lies from false witnesses, and callousness, Henry must prove his innocence to the NYPD and the FBI, while eluding the mob that is after him for something he does not have. Looking for answers, he meets Amanda, and identifies himself as Carl Bernstein, until she is held at gunpoint, and Henry must confess the truth to her. Henry never imagined his ambition to get him in so much hot water.

The Mark is intriguing with so many explosive twists and turns, the reader often shares in Henry’s footsteps of questioning who to really trust. It appears everyone is out to get Henry and will not stop until they have him. I liked the way the story is told by Henry; it reminds me of the old sleuth movies and mysteries. Jason Pinter composes a connecting crime novel that had this reader rapidly turning the pages for answers. Even while Henry is in dire need to get to the truth, Mr. Pinter allows him to think about his old flame, Mya, while making new memories with Amanda. He makes Henry credible in his actions, all the way to feeling fright for the first time. I was in awe when Henry tried to hold back tears when he got a lump in his throat. With believable characters, a clever plot and a spiral of roller coaster events, this is one thrilling read.

Cherokee
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