‘The Inside Man’ by Jeff Abbott is the fourth in the Sam Sapra series.
Sam, a former CIA agent, now bar owner, is devastated when his closest friend Steve is killed right on the steps of one of his bars. He feels the loss even more keenly as Steve once saved Sam’s life, as well as the lives of his family, and Sam never had the chance to repay his debts.
Before he died, Steve asked Sam to take on an inside job to protect a young woman, Cordelia, who soon is all Sam has to go on investigating the death of his friend. We then get to see a favourite trope of many – pretend to be the pretty girl’s girlfriend in order to infiltrate x place for x reason. It may be overdone, but it’s also fun to read, so it’s excusable!
Driven to catch the killer and get justice, Sam leads the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride, full of suspense with a splattering of romance, and riding mostly on action, it’s obvious why Abbott is one of the lead writers of the genres. I’ve found thriller books to often be plot-driven, so it’s great to see a series that’s certainly character-driven, which I tend to favour.
The last third of the book is impossible to put down – so be sure you leave adequate time
Previous books in this series include Adrenaline, The Last Minute, and Downfall, as well as a short called Sam Capra’s Last Chance that’s placed between the second and third novels. Abbott also won the International Thriller Writers Award in 2012 for his novel The Last Minute.