Too Close to Home
His cover: courthouse janitor. His cause: justice. But when Paul McGrath uncovers a shocking connection to a file of missing evidence, he finds the truth sometimes hits a little too close to home.
n intelligence agent-turned-courthouse janitor, Paul McGrath notices everything and everyone—but no one notices him. It's the perfect cover for the justice he seeks for both his father and the people who've been wronged by a corrupt system. Now he's discovered a missing file on Alex Pardew—the man who defrauded and likely murdered McGrath's father but avoided conviction, thanks in large part to the loss of this very file. And what lies behind its disappearance is even worse than McGrath had feared.
Meanwhile, at the courthouse, he stumbles on the case of Len Hendrie, a small businessman who's been accused of torching a venture capitalist's mansion. Though Hendrie admits starting the fire, McGrath learns how the VC has preyed on average Joes to benefit himself—and his extensive wine collection. McGrath can't resist looking deeper into this financial predator and soon finds himself in a gray area between his avenging moral compass and the limits of the law.
Then, just as the Hendrie case is heating up, McGrath receives word of the death of his father's former housekeeper, sending him back to his family home to confront unfinished business from his past. And he's about to find some unwelcome truths about the mother he lost as a child—and the father who hid even more secrets than he realized.
Ballantine Books, hardcover, January 2020, ISBN: 978-0525619628
"Crisp pacing, complex plotting, and a sympathetic good guy all make for a most satisfying read. Grant has several great series going, and the janitor-in-the-courthouse theme is fodder for another."
"The fast-moving plot includes a net twist. With any luck, Grant's righteous hero will have a long career cleaning up corruption and meting out his own brand of justice."
"This is Grant's ninth thriller, and it's a very good one, suspense tempered throughout with moral dilemmas. An intelligent, exciting novel."