Wednesday 15 June 2022

Invisible - Andrew Grant - Paul McGrath Book 1

Paul McGrath Book 1
aka Andrew Child
ISBN 9780525619611
eISBN 9780525619604

I have now read five volumes from Andrew Grant. The first in each of his series and the two he co-wrote with his brother, Lee Child, under the name Andrew Child. When I started reading his works I was not sure if I would read each series sequentially or in parallel. It has worked out that I am reading them in parallel. I enjoyed each of his books that I have read, but to date this is my favourite. I believe Grant has 9 books published under the name Andrew Grant, and two contributions to anthologies. He has also contributed to one anthology as Andrew Child. I picked a few of his books after reading Even. I have enjoyed both his offerings in the Reacher series, and greatly enjoy his solo works. And I believe Grant has three series and a standalone novel. He has not to my knowledge published any solo works since he began his collaboration on the Jack Reacher books with his brother.

The description of this book is:

“As a young man, Paul McGrath rebelled against his pacifist father by becoming a standout Army recruit and the star of his military intelligence unit. But lingering regrets about their relationship make him return home, only to find his father dead, seemingly murdered. When the case ends in a mistrial—after a key piece of evidence disappears—something doesn’t smell right to McGrath. So he puts his arsenal of skills to work to find out just how corrupt the legal system is. And to keep digging, he gets a job at the courthouse. But not as a lawyer or a clerk. . . .

Now McGrath is a janitor. The perfect cover, it gives him security clearance and access to the entire building. No one notices him, but he notices everyone. He notices when witnesses suddenly change their stories. When jury members reverse their votes during deliberation. When armies of corporate attorneys grind down their small-time adversaries with endless tactical shenanigans. While McGrath knows that nothing he discovers can undo his past wrongs or save his father, he finds his new calling brings him something else: the chance to right current wrongs and save others. And by doing so—just maybe—to redeem himself . . . if the powerful and corrupt don’t kill him first.”

I had not read the description before starting the book. An author friend calls me a ‘completionist’ in that when I find authors I like I tend to read everything they publish. For example I read the first 23 Reacher novels in under a year, after reading the first. Grants writing is excellent and to date this is my favourite of his stand alone books. When I started this one I assumed it was going to be a spy novel. Boy was I wrong. In Some ways it feels like The Equalizer, and others like Jack Reacher if he settled down in one place. 

The book begins with Paul on a mission, but we do not know that at the beginning. His mission goes well, but some stuff goes sideways afterwards. A letter has taken 2 years to get to him because of his extensive travel and undercover work. He goes home to visit his estranged dad, to found out he is dead and under suspicious circumstances. Paul can’t leave those questions unanswered. But while working as a janitor to get back the evidence on his father’s case he stumbles upon others that need his help. Soon there are strange reports of a janitor stopping crimes and cleaning up the streets of New York.

This book was a lot of fun to read. I mentioned it has a bit of an Equalizer feel to it, but also a Spencer for Hire. I loved the Spencer TV series when I was young, watching it with my dad, and reading several of the Robert B. Parker books when in university. Reading this was a like a trip back to those days, reading just for the pure joy in the story and the characters. Paul McGrath is an excellent character and the story. This was a great read.

I read this book over 4 sittings over two days it was very hard to put down. It is another excellent read from the pen of Andrew Grant. If you love a good crime, suspense, thriller with great action this is a book for you. I am certain fans of Reacher, Bourne, Jack Ryan could all appreciate McGrath and how he gets the job done. It is a great read from Grant’s pen a very fun story on many levels! And I hope there will be more in this series. 

Books by Andrew Grant:

David Trevellyan Series:

Detective Cooper Devereaux Series:

Paul McGrath Series:

As Andrew Child with Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Series:

Books Andrew Grant Contributed To:
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes
Murder and Mayhem in Muskego

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