Author: George Snyder
Buy Link: Buy Crossfire Diamonds Here!
Rating: You Need To Read
Reviewed By: Nicole
Millions of diamonds are enough to tempt even the virtuous into crime and Colt Fallon has never been especially virtuous. While cleaning up a botched kidnapping, Fallon learns of the diamonds and the bank where they’re being held. He won’t be able to get them on his own, but Fallon has a way of attracting the right wrong people–starting with the woman who once betrayed him and who, Fallon is sure, will betray him again. Unfortunately, Fallon isn’t the only person after the diamonds. A Chinese syndicate known as “The Principles” has targeted the jewels and Fallon, putting their top assassin on the job.
Yolanda Smart does her killing from a distance. Careful preparation, learning the target’s patterns, and a cool hand have made her a top killer. With only a few more jobs, she’ll be able to give up this life and head for the islands. A huge diamond stash could provide a shortcut to her retirement. To get them, she’ll have to deal both with Fallon and with her criminal bosses who want the diamonds for themselves. Still, Smart feels up to the job.
Author George Snyder keeps the action moving as Fallon, Yolanda, the brother of a man Fallon killed while cleaning up the kidnapping and the Principles syndicate all scheme and kill to get their hands on a treasure. It starts out as professional but as the killings escalate, things get very personal.
Snyder writes convincingly of a hardened criminals–and the justifications they fabricate to condone their actions. Fallon and Smart, in particular, are engaging and sympathetic at the same time as they’re brutal cold-blooded killers. When the two clash, it was hard for me, at least, to decide which I wanted to win.
This one took me a long time. Let me recap- we had Hurricane Sandy and then we had the Nor-easter. Both of them left me without cable and internet. But I tried to persevere and continue reading. And then we lost power for a little while. However, I am finished now- I do apologize for the lateness. Without further ado- my review.
Before I start though, I want to say I believe this novel is for a certain type of reader. If you don’t normally read this genre, or subgenre or offshoot, then you may not like this novel at all. I love the cover. It’s what attracted me to the novel.
The main characters to me in this novel got themselves into a bit of trouble all started by a kidnapping and a killing. The killing brought into the mix a band of brothers to avenge the death of the other one. But sometimes, it seemed as if one of them didn’t care.
The story goes on to talk about two different story lines in my mind which is also what took me a while to read. At first, it’s the kidnapping which the brothers set out to avenge. The second is this man who is having an affair on his wife with a bank teller or manager in order to steal some money and diamonds. He thinks he got it made and that no one will catch him. This is how I know I really liked who he talked to…excerpt pps 86-87:
“Then I got thinking. I don’t have to kill you. I can take what you love away from you for the same result. You understand what I’m saying?”
“Not at all.”
Fallon peeled the key from the inside of his holster belt. “Okay, let’s begin where we’re supposed to. I’ll tell you what I know then you tell me everything else. Got it?
Horace Winston blinked with a frown. The office had no air-conditioning. Sweat beaded on his forehead and above through silky threads of graying hair. “I don’t understand.”
And the piece de resistance:
I know the diamonds you got in there are phony. They’re some shit called zirconia, with a little moissanite mixed in. Worth about five bucks an ounce. A crowd of people think they’re real.” He counted on his fingers.
“There’s more. I know you got the real rocks squirreled away someplace. You’re waiting for a ship, the Africa Star to dock downtown Seattle Monday with the rest of the diamonds. Now that’s what I know. What I’m guessing is, you got that armored truck downstairs to pull off a robbery.
Sometime between lunch and supper, out on the highway, they fake a robbery. You collect on the insurance on top of what you get selling the rocks. You collect double the one-point-five value, about three million. Then you plan to set up a love nest with the Asian, Suzy Kwan, somewhere in a cozy part of the world and live happy forever with young stuff. Only, maybe not now you know she’s putting out to Waco Martin.
The first is the kidnapping of the young girl with the death of the teacher. This results in the man called Waco Martin being brought in because the murdered member was his brother. Four of them in all and none of the happy that the brother died but not too pressed about it either.
I think the first half of the book was about the kidnapping and the second half was about the diamonds. But in reality, it’s probably all mixed together. I believe that is how I split it up. Will you like it-well if you are like me and you like the man’s handling of the diamonds then the book may be a good read. But it’s a slow read too. I don’t believe you will get through it in one sitting. But read I think you should.