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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thirst by Thierry Sagnier


 fortune in drugs is missing.Finding them starts with finding her.

Colin isn’t a cop. Joe is, but isn’t up for this. Mamadou was an excellent police officer back in Senegal, but in Washington DC he drives a limo. Josie’s just a girl—a recovering crack addict fed up with her parents and with Herbie, her boyfriend. She’s planning on giving him a piece of her mind. Trouble is, Herbie stole a shipment of drugs, and now he’s dead. And let’s not forget Mollie Catfish… 

Now the Zulu wants his drugs, Mamadou wants revenge, Joe just wants to do his job for once, and Colin wants to save his girlfriend’s daughter. All Josie wants is to remember what Herbie might have told her, what the Zulu insists she knows. If she doesn’t—she’s dead too. 

Mollie? She wants it all. 

Behind the polished marble of Washington DC, lies dark alleys where everyone thirsts for something. 

“Sagnier builds characters as solid, gritty, and as broken as a DC street, with prose lights up like monuments on a starry night.” — Michael J. Sullivan, best-selling author of The Riyria Revelations


Loads of characters, suspense and somehow, it's all woven into one cohesive story.    Sometimes you read a book with a lot of characters and points of view and it feels choppy and you wonder what each chapter has to do with the overall book.   Thirst is not like that.   Chapters were presented from various points of view, from multiple characters, but Sagnier writes so straightforward, there is little confusion and somehow it all culminates into the aha moments appropriately and brilliantly.   Maybe that occurred for me because I did complete the read in two sittings.  I was hooked immediately.

The story twists and weaves between the lives of the multiple characters.....all of whom are as troubled as real people.....all of whom are consumed with the fails of humanity.  Colin is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober for 10 years, but what he encounters in helping his lover find her daughter is enough to cause serious falling from the wagon.    For every individual encountered, there is an agenda, be it hidden or exposed.

I feel inadequate to convey what I felt about this story.   I appreciated the grip the book provided,   enjoyed the twists and turns, never saw the outcome coming and felt character development was a really strong feature.   I look forward to reading more of Sagnier's work.

I rated this a 4 wink read.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.

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