The space between right and wrong isn't always delineated by a hard line.
This book deals alternately with a killer hunting sickos and a team of FBI agents hunting the killer, deftly switching between the narratives. The fast-paced structure kept me reading, never quite knowing where it was going to turn next. Even as the plot became more entangled, I never felt lost in the narrative, so the book does a great job of laying out the story and fully immersing the reader in each different section.
What is most interesting about this book is the strange ethical dilemma at play. Yes, there is a serial killer hunting down people and murdering them, but the people he is killing happen to be pedophiles and rapists. The killer is fed up with the slow and sometimes ineffectual way the FBI goes about catching these indecent scum-of-the-earth people and takes matters into his own hands, perhaps saving many future victims from harm.
Do they deserve what they get? Or is the vigilante justice going too far? Also, how does he know he isn't killing any innocent people? And where will it end?
Some of the character arcs were fairly rote and I could see how their stories were going to play out, but the story also managed to surprise me in its final act. I also liked how this book didn't lean heavily on plot or on character to drive it; there is a nice balance between getting to know the characters and the advancement of the action.
The Highwayman is a compulsive police procedural/thriller with more than a few splashes of horror—it's got something for everyone! It kept me reading, trying to figure out who was good, who was bad, and who to trust.
My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy to read and review.
Associate editor, amateur photdographer, bibliophile, and occasional sleuth.