Reviewed by Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Reddition means restitution or surrender. I had to look it up. And if a title ever fits a book, this one does. That’s about all I can say without giving away the plot because nearly everything in “Reddition” is a spoiler.
The premise is about a lawyer, Lang Lawton—the junior partner in the family’s law firm—who agrees to take on the case of a prisoner who claims he’s already a dead man. The prisoner has a name, which in itself is a spoiler, Rue Theodore Day. Rue has been accused of being a cop killer. If only the case were that simple. But it’s not. What starts as a legal thriller quickly morphs into political intrigue and a twisted tale of both restitution and surrender.
John Blenkush has written other books including “Stacy’s Story,” and the “Solstice” dystopian fantasy series. Several of the “Solstice” books have been reviewed by The Paranormal Romance Guild previously. I haven’t read them yet. Therefore, I have no sense of Blenkush’s usual voice or style.
“Reddition” is written in a quite distinctive style. It’s noir-ish, so it’s lean and mean, quite dark and violent at times. Women can be depicted in a way that might be irritating to some readers; however, in the context of noir, it is characteristic of another time.
As far as the thriller genre goes, “Reddition” certainly keeps you guessing, with plenty of plot twists and turns. Some twists I saw coming, some I didn’t. But I like books that keep you guessing and “Reddition” did exactly that.
By the way, the book cover is also quite befitting, a little teaser about what’s to come.