Another random library hold came up the other day, so I went to pick it up. I hadn't read the first few books in the series, but started Escape by James Patterson and David Ellis to see if it was a series I wanted to go back to.
As Chicago PD’s special-ops leader, Detective Billy Harney knows well that money is not the only valuable currency. The filthy rich man he’s investigating is down to his last twenty million. He’s also being held in jail.
Billy’s unit is called in when an escape plan results in officers down and inmates vanished.
In an empty lot, Billy spots two Kevlar vests. Two helmets. Two assault rifles. And a handwritten note:
Hi, Billy Are you having fun yet?
Patterson collaborations can really go either way. I've read some I've loved and some I've really had trouble with. Escape, thankfully, fits into the former category, likely because of the talents of David Ellis as well. While it is the third book in the Harney series, it definitely stands alone without relying on the previous novels to fill in the rest of the story. The mystery definitely keeps you guessing and the book ends in a way that leaves you looking forward to the next one.