Amy Youngston is Family. It hasn’t done much for her until one day, when Raymond Escarton Fields, the head of the Family, hires her to find out who’s trying to kill him.
The Family has many doctors, lawyers and other professionals, but in all of those thousands of cousins, there’s only one private investigator, and that’s Amy.
She takes the case, but when some party or parties unknown start by bugging her office that very night, it’s clear that she can’t handle this alone. The only person she can turn to is the one close friend she has (of two) who isn’t Family, and, because it is secret, he doesn’t even know about it. Until now, because Amy has to tell him. She’s not supposed to tell outsiders, but he has to understand what’s going on, doesn’t he? She could tell him if she married him, and they’re certainly close enough, but . . . let’s not go there. Amy’s got some serious problems with intimate relationships, especially with Alec. Problems she’d rather not think about (but they still keep coming back).
When Amy finds that there’s as much of a target on her back as Fields had told her was on his, she begins to wonder. Did he hire her because she was the only choice he had – or because he had it in for her? Without some handle on the bad guys, there was no way she could find the answer to this question except to carry on with her investigation.
The most frustrating part for Amy is that there doesn’t seem to be any reason for someone to want to kill the head of the Family. Of course, the same can’t be said for whoever it is that’s sending her repeated messages that she’s in their crosshairs as well. Especially when they ambush her and Alec, tie them up and proceed to torture them in her own kitchen. As they say, expecting to be killed in the immediate future tends to get one’s attention. They’ve definitely got hers.
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A.M. Youngston, known as Amy, isn't your typical private investigator. The Tuscon resident has a secret in her life, shared by an innumerable amount of people. She's approached by the CEO of The Family and given an assignment, to find out who is attempting to scare him into making a decision. With two close friends as her confidants, Amy sets out to do just that but soon comes to the conclusion that something stinks.
A.J. Kohler draws the reader into this tangled web of deceit right from the beginning with a heroine who is far different from most females. The crisply written narrative hints at subterfuge and allows the individual caught up in this tale to sit back and figure out the culprit, but only after digging through a multitude of red herrings. Amy has an acerbic wit and always has a weapon at hand, even if it's the heel of her foot.
Kohler keeps the reader hanging until nearly the end, while they're asking themselves if it's this person or that responsible for all the troubles in Amy's life. The ending is not only satisfying, but hints at future novels by this talented author.
I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to read more books from independent authors, so I recently took a chance on “No Third Choice” by A.J. Kohler. My first impression was that Kohler was following in the footsteps of the late, great Robert B. Parker, with a tough-as-nails female private eye who would have given Spenser a run for his money. I appreciated that the action started right in on the first page, and it was neat to read about the Southwestern locale, someplace I’ve never been.
I don’t want to go into too much detail and risk spoiling the story, but “No Third Choice” successfully works the best elements of a detective story into the world of high-stakes international finance. This book was marketed as a “mystery with a twist”, but even forewarned, I was still caught off guard. If you’re like me, you’ll be hanging on until the very last page.
My only gripe was that this book was a little bit longer than the ones I usually read. At 330 pages, it took me a few consecutive days to finish, but my efforts were well worth it.
I couldnt stop reading the book. It got my attention right away and continued through the end. I gave it four stars.
This was a great book that one can thoroughly enjoy reading. Right from the beginning, you get attached to the main character, Amy, female PI, her two dogs and her wealthy Family with roots to the 1400's.
Her two dogs are her protectors as well as her attorney “friend” Alec. Together they try to solve the mystery that involves the Family's CEO.
The book keeps you guessing on who is after Amy and why! She refuses to stop her investigation until she gets to the bottom. Their investigation leads them through danger and clues that lead to a surprise ending. Definitely recommend the book and hoping there will be a sequel book!