Monday, June 10, 2013

Choke Point-Ridley Pearson

Choke Point

Ridley Pearson

Putnam, Jun 4 2013, $26.95

ISBN 9780399158841

Journalist Sonia Pangarkar writes a story on the Amsterdam “knot shops” that employ kidnapped underage girls as its enslaved labor pool as they need the tiny fingers as knitters. Soon afterward, her source a low level bureaucrat is killed in a car bombing. Philanthropist Graham Winston reads the article and hires the Rutherford Risk private security company to shut down an illegal Amsterdam imitation Oriental rug factory and other Knot Shops that use abducted young females as their workforce.

Operations Chief David Dulwich assigns field agent John Knox and computer expert Grace Chu to dismantle the factory. In Amsterdam, the two Risk operatives find no support as the neighborhoods welcome the devious mob who has provided gifts that has gained them the support of even the girls’ families and the cops. The pair struggles to identify the leaders so Knox tries to hook up with Sonia who distrusts him while she works a personal agenda and Chu looks into Middle Easterner hate crime victim Fahiz.

The sequel to the exciting The Risk Agent is a powerful thriller with a deep look at a real international social issue. Whereas the audience knows who the good guys are, the villains are shadowy as they have protection from corrupt officials and the victims’ families. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate Ridley Pearson’s action-packed tale.

Harriet Klausner

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