The Second Life of Nick Mason

The Second Life of Nick Mason
  Written by Steve Hamilton
  Fiction, 304 Pages
Hardcover, e-Book
  May 2016, $26
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Publisher's Synopsis:
Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early.  He accepts - but the deal comes at a terrible price.

Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate.  He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner.  Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.  It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double life term who runs an empire from his prison cell.

Faced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything - his family, his sanity, and even his life - to finally break free.

Steve Hamilton is the two-time Edgar Award winning author of the bestselling Alex McKnight series and the novel The Lock Artist.  You can find him online at

My Thoughts
This is the first book in this new Nick Mason series.  Even though he is a criminal and in jail, I liked the main character.  He stays out of trouble and minds his own business while there, catching the attention of Darius Cole.  Not knowing what he is getting himself into, Nick agrees to the deal with Darius because he wants to see his daughter and ex-wife again.  The first time his phone rings, he is not ready for what is required of him... and things don't get an easier after that.  I thought this story moved along pretty good, but there were some parts I didn't really care for.  All in all, a quick read that makes you want to read more.  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

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