The Guise Of Another by Allen EskensThe Guise Of Another by Allen Eskens

The Guise Of Another

byAllen Eskens

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. He’s been reassigned to the Frauds Unit, where he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his status-seeking wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Alexander sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation.

But the case explodes into far more than he could have expected, putting him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, a veteran of the Balkan wars who has been searching for “James Putnam” for years. As his life spins out of control, Alexander’s last hope may be his older brother, Max, a fellow police detective who steps in to try to save his brother from the carnage his investigation has let loose.
Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today–bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota, where he is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.
Title:The Guise Of AnotherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:269 pages, 8.22 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Prometheus BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633880761

ISBN - 13:9781633880764


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read from Eskens The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens is the follow up to his award winning debut novel The Life We Bury. And he's crafted another great read! There's a clever tie in connecting the two books. Detective Max Rupert was the homicide cop in The Life We Bury. But it is his younger brother Alexander who takes the lead role in The Guise of Another. Alexander is also a cop, but one demoted down to the Fraud Squad, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. A possible identity theft case that crosses his desk is much more involved than it appears on first glance. "That night, James Erkel Putnam - a man who walked in daylight, but lived in shadows, a man who thought he had all the time in the world to seek forgiveness for his many sins - never stood a chance." Alexander dives in, determined to salvage his reputation and his job by solving the case. And this reader also dived in and didn't look up 'til the wee hours of the morning! I desperately wanted to know who this man was and why he was living under another name. What did he do? Eskens' first book was lighter in tone with innocent protagonists. This time, it's darker, with a decidedly noir feel to the story that I quite enjoyed. Is Alexander truly the innocent he proclaims? His self destructive behavior leaves the reader wondering. I was kept on my toes the entire tale, not sure where Eskens was going to take his story. Throw in a nasty hitman, something quite valuable that everyone wants to get their hands on, more than one duplicitous woman and the plot thickens. But amongst all that, Eskens explores the relationships between the two brothers, between Alex and his wife and a few others. The title is quite apt, applying to the dead man, but also to almost every other character, most who seem to be hiding something. Even 'good' brother Max Rupert, who is hands down my favourite character. I'd love to see him in another book, even in a peripheral role. Another excellent page turner from Eskens. I highly recommend his books. Eskens is firmly on my must read list - I'll be eagerly awaiting his third novel.
Date published: 2015-10-13

Editorial Reviews

“Eskens’s elegant but chilly prose, like winter in the blood, is well suited to this fiercely told morality tale (and its deeply cynical ending), which is sure to send all of us wretched sinners straight to hell.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"Readers looking for a new voice should pay attention to Eskens.”—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW"With just two books to his name, I have put [Eskens] on my ‘must read’ list.”—Deadly Pleasures“Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It’s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you’ll tell yourself things can’t get any worse. And then they do.”   ―WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times–bestselling author of the Edgar® Award–winning Ordinary Grace“The talented Allen Eskens fulfills the rich promise of his Edgar®-nominated debut with this chilling, dark, and sinister thriller. With precision and authority, Eskens’s determined cop hero takes one intriguing clue—and pursues it into spiraling disaster. With a deadly surprise around every corner and a bleak undercurrent of noir-like dread, this book will haunt you.”    —HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Truth Be Told“Another great, dark, and brooding page-turner from Allen Eskens, with a tragic protagonist who will break your heart. Eskens’s characters will haunt you long after you finish reading.”   —MICHAEL SEARS, award-winning author of the bestselling Jason Stafford seriesAWARD RECOGNITION FOR ESKENS' DEBUT, THE LIFE WE BURY:WINNER! Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award, BEST DEBUT MYSTERYWINNER! Barry Award, BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL WINNER! Silver Falchion Award, BEST FIRST NOVEL: traditional2015 Edgar® Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVELMinnesota Book Award Finalist, BEST GENRE NOVELAnthony Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVELITW Thriller Awards Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVELMysteryPeople 2014 BEST DEBUT NOVELSuspense Magazine BEST BOOKS OF 2014/DEBUT AUTHORPRAISE FOR THE LIFE WE BURY:"Thriller fans should keep their eyes on Eskens; he's a comer." --BOOKLIST"Compulsively suspenseful." --BOOKPAGE"[A] masterful debut...." --PW STARRED REVIEW "An intelligent and compelling story with characters that will capture you from the start.... This debut novel never lets the reader off the edge of the seat--the mark of a great story." --THE BIG THRILL"Set against the backdrop of a brutal Minnesota winter, The Life We Bury is much more than a satisfying, suspenseful novel.... This story kept me turning the pages, and it touched my heart. The characters are as real as my next-door neighbors, the story compelling, and the writing superb." --SUSPENSE MAGAZINE"Eskens delivers interesting puzzles, clever problem-solving, and plenty of stay-up-all-night-reading suspense." --REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE"Grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold." --LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR'S FALL PICK"A solid and thoughtful tale of a young man used to taking on burdens beyond his years--none more dangerous than championing a bitter old man convicted of a horrific crime." --KIRKUS REVIEWS"A mesmerizing debut, unfolding decades of secrets in a rewarding tale of redemption." --JULIE KRAMER, Minnesota Book Award winner