The Bricklayer by Noah BoydThe Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

The Bricklayer

byNoah Boyd

Mass Market Paperback | August 31, 2010

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“Terrific pace, surprises galore….Move over Jack Reacher, here comes The Bricklayer.”
 —James Patterson<_o3a_p>


There is a brand new master on the thriller scene. Noah Boyd makes a truly spectacular entrance with The Bricklayer—the first in an explosive new series featuring former FBI agent Steve Vail that recalls the #1 bestsellers of John Sandford and Lee Child. An ex-FBI agent himself, Boyd adds gritty insider knowledge and color to this stunning novel, and the word on the street is The Bricklayer is fabulous. Kay Scarpetta’s creator, New York Times bestseller Patricia Cornwell, calls it, “Dazzling,” while Lee Child himself raves, “Non-stop action and non-stop authenticity make this a real winner.”<_o3a_p>

Noah Boyd is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Bricklayerand a former FBI agent who spent more than twenty years working some of the Bureau's toughest investigations, including the Green River Killer case and the Highland Park Strangler case (which he's credited with solving). He currently works on cold cases when he's not w...
Title:The BricklayerFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 0.94 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061827029

ISBN - 13:9780061827020

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bricklayer This book was a very cool find for me. Same genre as Lee Child. Im so sorry to hear that Noah Boyd is deceased. I will certainly be reading Agent X. I love the Jack Reacher series and tho most writers who try to do what Child does fail miserably, Boyd has the chemistry to pull it off. Im sure he would have been just as good after a couple of more novels to further develop the character Steve Vail. This writer had real talent and got my attention from page 1. HIGHLY RECOMENDED!
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Hyper Action Novel 1st novel in the Steve Vail series Noah Boyd’s debut thriller is truly exciting, some described it as an explosive and truly spectacular entrance into the world of thriller novels; I couldn’t agree more with their assessments. The author, a former FBI operative himself, provides the sparks, colour and the gritty details to make it a most captivating and stunning read filled with non-stop action. Steve Vail is the new man in town, an ex-FBI agent whose job was terminated 3 years previously for not following the line. His handle “The Bricklayer” comes from his new job but his old profession is the one dearest to his heart. The story opening is highly cinematic with bank robbers being thrown through glass windows. It proves to be an explosive start to a roller coaster-ride that entertains the reader to the end. The storyline moves briskly with FBI deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon persuading Steve to take back his badge and assist them in finding a rogue agent suspected of absconding with two million dollars of federal money. The agent went missing while delivering a ransom to the “Rubaco Pentad” gang; a group that has already killed some prominent people and threatens to continue unless their demands are met…Steve accepts the challenge and when the gang learns the FBI has a new member they request he make the next drop. Steve runs into a myriad of obstacles that have him jumping hoops with astonishing ability…..His Rambo action mixed with Jack Bauer’s agility has him narrowly evading all traps. The final plot twist is a script right out of “Mission Impossible”. This hyper action novel is a little farfetched and rather ridiculous at times but I found it highly entertaining. I like the interaction between the two main characters; it has a romantic tone of a 40’s film noir. I can see endless possibilities in the bond between Steve and Kate. The pacing of this multilayer plot is very well done; there are just enough twists in the suspense to keep the reader on the edge throughout. This is a solid first novel and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment “Agent X”.
Date published: 2011-05-11

Editorial Reviews

"Loved The Bricklayer! A steamroller of a debut novel! Started it Saturday morning with coffee and just finished it up with Sunday evening beer. Vail is a great new character sort of reminds me of Connelly's Harry Bosch. Great mystery can't wait to sell it 2010!" (John Hugo, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA)