Suspense. A good thriller maintains suspense throughout the novel, and Stephen Carter accomplishes that well with his new novel, Jericho’s Fall. Jericho Ainsley is a former CIA director, former Secretary of Defense and former White House National Security Advisor. After he was brought down by an affair with Rebecca DeForde (Beck), he worked for a financial firm and may have pulled off a huge fraud scheme. Most of the action is set in a small town in the Colorado Rockies, where Jericho is dying of cancer, and he calls Beck, whom he has not seen in fifteen years, to come to his bedside. The potential revelation of CIA secrets causes Jericho’s enemies to take action to protect their interests. Unlike Carter’s earlier novels, there’s less complexity and depth in Jericho’s Fall. This straightforward approach produces a pure thriller that I found to be an exciting book to read and enjoy.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)