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Talyor Stevens' prose, plot twists make 'The Informationist' a solid
Review by Michelle Simon
CROWN; 307 PAGES; HARDCOVER; $23.00
"This is where he would die." When a novel opens with such a comment
and it's from an event in West Central Africa, the reader knows to
chilling scenes, perhaps a haunting past. 'The Informationist' by Talyor Stevens (Crown Publishers) is
a thriller set in Dallas and North Africa that lives up to its early
The debut novel
centers around a woman, Vanessa Munroe, who is an expert at collecting
information for large corporations, private clients and heads of
Things are business as usual until she receives an unusual request from
billionaire Richard Burbank, who wants her to track down his daughter
has been missing in Central Africa for a year. Munroe reluctantly
takes the assignment as it draws to her to where she spent her
She reunites with the a mercenary she worked for as a teen, bringing
back unpleasant memories. The story is full of twists that will
surprise even the more seasoned fans of thrillers. Stevens'
experiences in Africa -- and perhaps her unusual background as a
survivor of a
doomsday cult -- lend a sometimes forlorn tone to the novel. And
Burbank's motives aren't as noble and innocent as they seem.
I give this book four out of five stars. The storyline was very
interesting, Stevens has a fluid and direct prose style that belies her
status, and I enjoyed the various plot twists. Stevens kept me wanting
5 stars: Incredible!... 4 stars: Excellent... 3 stars: Good... 2 stars:
Mediocre... 1 star: Lame!
Rating: 4 stars
For more information about Random House imprint Crown Publishers and
its authors check out their website.
The Informationist is available in hardback and paperback at Amazon.
More on Taylor Stevens is here.
Michelle Simon, a graduate of
Holy Names University, is an assistant director at a San Francisco Bay
Area university and a political activist. She still fits into her
Catholic high school uniform.
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