It’s hard to buy books for librarians. We have either already read it or decided not to read it or already own a copy of it that is sitting in a pile with all the others we want to read. And so it is especially wonderful when we receive a book as a gift that we haven’t read, don’t own and wanted to read or haven’t even heard of! Now make it an amazing book and you have a gift receiving event that won’t be forgotten.
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens was just such a gift to me. The story is about Vanessa Michael Munroe who the Library Journal described as “part Lisbeth Salander, part Jason Bourne.” She is hired to find out what happened to the daughter of a big oil company owner who disappeared 4 years before in Africa. Vanessa Michael, or Michael, lived in the same part of Africa as a child and has some pretty awful memories of things that happened there – things that are harder to avoid once she is back on the continent.
The book is a fast paced, atmospheric and intense thriller with great characters, lots of action and twists I didn’t expect. I wanted to know what would happen but I didn’t want the book to end. Fortunately there is already a second book in the series, The Innocent, and a third that is set to come out in 2013.