Review : When the Devil Whistles - Rick Acker - October 2010
Every now and again , a book will come out with a really amazing book cover as even though I know we are not supposed to - I tend to be a judge by the cover type girl and I really liked the cover of this book as it gave off a sense of mysteriousness and intensity.
We start off with this book at a company called Deep Blue with one of their ICT people hacking into their computer systems and then flicks to a lawsuit case against Hamilton Contractors whom had been overcharging customers and defrauding the system.
Then after the prologue and first chapter ends we get into the real story of Temp worker and Rock-star Gf Allie Whitman who works as a double-agent of sorts - she is what is called a whistleblower , her job is to get into a business , have access to their financial records and then gather evidence to sue them under the company of "Devil to Pay Inc." . At Devil to Pay Inc. she has lawyer Connor on her side and he presents the cases to the judge and wham bamn , they get paid and Connor has a success rate and Allie gets to live the high life whilst temping - it's a win-win situation.
It was until Allie took a job working under two companies - one convinced the other is frauding their systems and wants to see them go under and will do anything -absolutely anything to ensure that Allie will get them to court including bringing up secrets of Allie and Connor's past.
Soon they both find themselves in hot water fighting battles both in and out of the courtroom to go the lengths to protect their secrets from the outside world finding out.
An underlying theme of ethics in business and the consequence from wrong personal choices move the story forward enriching the perceptions of Acker's characters and the driving force behind Conner's motives and actions as they impact the final climatic explosive outcome of "When the Devil Whistles."
When the Devil Whistles is a novel filled with adventure , legal thrills and intensity and of course rock n roll.
"When the Devil Whistles" is a legal thriller that also works in some military suspense. It's fast-paced and keeps the reader guessing as to how everything will work out. The suspense was created by possible physical danger to the various characters as well as curiosity about the various decisions they will make and how it will all play out. The characters were complex and dealt with realistic problems (though--specifically--not ones most people face). The vivid details of the job and setting brought the story alive in my imagination.
For those who care, Allie sometimes drank to excess and lived with her boyfriend. (It's implied they have sex.) She knew he used meth and he knew she disapproved, but she didn't take a strong stand on it until worried for her own neck. But she found some healing and made some hard choices after seeing where the easy ones got her, and I liked who she was by the end.
The Christian content was very minimal, but the "moral of the story" was consistent with Christian morals. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful and intriguing novel.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Government Fraud, International Intrigue, and Deep Sea ConspiracyAllie Whitman has combined her expertise in accounting and a knack for sniffing out fraud in government contracts into a successful and lucrative career as a professional whistleblower. Attorney Conner Norman acts in Allies behalf as lawyer for Devil to Pay, Inc. a shell corporation that files fraud suits based on Allies discoveries.Allies life suddenly begins to fall apart as the results of bad choices and closely held secrets come to light. Conner finds himself in a dilemma as trust, loyalty, professional ethics, and deep inner convictions threaten to endanger his career, his character, and his life.Rick Acker is fast becoming recognized as a fresh voice in the genre of the legal thriller/suspense novel. When the Devil Whistles is intense drama and unrelenting tension, with a riveting fast moving plot. Acker is a master at building suspense, conflict, and tension. His intricate plotting and intriguing story line take his carefully defined characters in uncharted waters that are beyond realism, yet believable. Acker is gifted in his ability to create a sense of constant uncertainty and surprise through his intricate plot twists, and unpredictable circumstances.An underlying theme of ethics in business and the consequence from wrong personal choices move the story forward enriching the perceptions of Ackers characters and the driving force behind Conners motives and actions as they impact the final climatic explosive outcome of When the Devil Whistles. Acker is well on his way to being identified in the ranks of best selling authors like John Grissom, Scott Turow, and Steve Martini.Discussion questions and authors notes at the conclusion of the book give insight into Rick Acker, his profession, his motivation, and his faith.As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.