First of a new series featuring a new hero Gideon Crew. As such, is a guaranteed fast and amusing reading. It is also guaranteed to be notoriously sloppy when authors want to get around certain inconvenient problems---like people revealing secret information. Crew manages in nearly every case to draw out secrets that no sane or awake person would ever tell. The plot and action here as usual--fast paced, the reading light. The story--the barest traces of one, whisked away from one's memory almost upon turning the last page. Not that that is a problem--these books are not meant to be immortal, they are meant to help one pass a few pleasant hours, and this indeed allowed for that.