The Green Monster: A Johnny Denovo Mystery
Dog Ear Publishing (2009)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (9/09)
This latest addition to the Johnny Denovo series of mysteries has got to be the best one yet. Hired by a CEO of a bio-tech corporation, Johnny’s assignment is just to find out who was blackmailing the man. What Johnny gets into and what he finds goes much deeper and more sinister than just a simple blackmail scheme.
From the start, Johnny finds that the blackmail is a cover for a much greater threat, a threat to national security and possibly the world. In the course of his investigation, he is led down multiple roads, one of which is a threat to agriculture. This leads to a web of covert operations and government involvement to the highest scale. Entwined in all this is a terrorist group that leads Johnny on a multi-faceted journey into corporate espionage, murder and biological warfare. Narrowing the playing field, Johnny finds a key element of all this has to do with the ball park and a section of seats known as “The Green Monster.” A fan sitting in this section is the one that is a part of the conspiracy and signals the blackmail victim by holding up signs to let him know how much money to drop off to them.
Following up on lead after lead, Johnny is introduced to the world of Bio Technology. He begins a parallel investigation into the destruction of the research fields that Mr. McNaught (the one being blackmailed) owns. McNaught’s company is plagued with destructive acts played upon their research fields and they can’t seem to find out by whom or why. Johnny begins to tie all the loose ends together and finds the one common element that links all these events. Going after that single element brings Johnny close to death when he encounters it and the suspenseful events unfold.
From a simple blackmail scheme to a matter of national security, “The Green Monster” by Andrew Kent has it all. It is an intricate read with many branches and lots of action and required me to read it all in one sitting. It is not the kind of book you can put down and pick up later. It is definitely a multi-layered book and will require your undivided attention. The quality of the book is top notch. It is a fast-paced read and the 263 pages go by before you know it. I gave it a B and see nothing wrong with it being on the General Audience shelf. Complex and at times a bit involved but definitely a mystery that keeps you guessing till the end.