Clean Hands by Patrick Hoffman [5/10]

A corporate New York thriller unfolding at breakneck speed, “Clean Hands” makes for entertaining reading. When a mobile, with incriminating documents, is stolen, a hotshot female lawyer engages a high-stakes fixer to, well, fix things. Featuring a cascade of characters, from petty thieves to underbelly procurers to Russian gangsters, the tale twists and turns agreeably. The Big Apple atmospherics are richly drawn. A certain flatness in the characters meant I never really engaged during my one-sitting lockdown read, but the tightly controlled pacing and the caper-style twists ensured an enjoyable journey.

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