Library Journal Review
Nate Overbay's back is literally up against a wall. He is standing on a narrow ledge, 11 stories above the ground, about to do the unthinkable. That's when he hears it: the unmistakable sound of gunshots. During his darkest hour Nate has unwittingly become witness to a bank robbery in progress. Intent only on relieving his own problems, Nate now has an opportunity to change his path and those of many others. Heart-stopping action ensues as Nate takes on a group of ruthless killers intent on destroying everything he holds dear, including his only child. Verdict Hurwitz's (You're Next) latest thriller does not disappoint. Fast-paced and action-packed, it will appeal to Hurwitz's huge fan base as well as newcomers to his work and readers who enjoy adrenaline-charged suspense. [See Prepub Alert, 2/15/12; library marketing.]-Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Hurwitz's hair-raising stand-alone stars an unlikely hero, 36-year-old Nate Overbay. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease nine months earlier, Nate is about to leap off an 11th-floor ledge of a bank building in Santa Monica, Calif., when he notices a robbery in progress through the window next to where he's standing. Nate climbs back in the window undetected, grabs a handgun a masked man has conveniently set down, and, thanks to his ROTC firearms training, succeeds in shooting dead five of the six robbers. In revenge, the thwarted theft's mastermind, a notorious Ukrainian mobster, vows to brutally kill Nate and his teenage daughter unless Nate can retrieve the robbery's objective: an envelope stored in one of the bank's safe deposit boxes. In between tight, compelling action scenes, Hurwitz (You're Next) sensitively depicts Nate's struggles with ALS. While Nate's exploits may be a little beyond his skill set at times, thriller fans won't let this one gather any dust on the nightstand. Author tour. Agent: Aaron Priest. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Surely Hurwitz can't keep this up forever. Lately, each new book he publishes is his best so far, and this one's no exception. As the story opens, Nate Overbay, U.S. army veteran and LAPD crisis responder, is out on the eleventh-floor ledge of an office building, seconds away from killing himself. But the sounds of gunshots a bank robbery in progress pull him off the ledge, turn him into a hero, and set him up for a life-and-death battle with a career criminal with a very personal axe to grind. The story itself is thoroughly engaging Nate has a very short deadline in which to provide the villain with a certain object, or his wife and daughter's lives will be in jeopardy but it's Nate himself, a hero with a built-in expiration date, who makes this such a gripping book. He's a wonderful creation, a hero who doesn't behave like a hero, and full marks to Hurwitz for having the guts to build a novel around him. Nate is the kind of character who, if not handled just right, might quickly become unbelievable, but there's no danger of that with Hurwitz at the controls. It's hard to imagine that he can top this one, but, based on past performance, don't bet against it.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist