Monday, September 22, 2008

Burn Notice: The Fix - Tod Goldberg

Burn Notice: The Fix
Tod Goldberg


Michael, a former spy (although not by choice) and his mom, Madeline, are having lunch at an upscale Miami hotel. There are some suspicious guys around, and Michael hustles his mom out of the place before anything bad can happen. Clearly, this was supposed to look like a sting operation, aimed at Fiona, a onetime IRA operative and now jill-of-all-arms dealer. While trying to get to the bottom of the bogus sting, longtime friend Sam approaches Michael with a new problem. Cricket O’Connor, socialite friend of Sam’s lady friend, needs some help and she can’t really call the police.

In short order, Michael re-connects with possibly-former agent Natalya, who tells him that someone is floating information that makes him look like a double agent and traitor. Cricket, contrary to Michael’s expectations, has some real problems with a shady husband who has disappeared, but not before draining her finances, and some “sort-of drug dealers” who want a whole lot of money. If they can’t find the husband, they’ll take it from her. And if she doesn’t pay up, it’s clear that they’re more than willing to take things to the next level.

Fans of the show should know that nothing in this novel spoils the ongoing Season Two storylines. The writer takes care to focus on the characters and an expanded “someone needs help” case. He does a truly excellent job of mimicking Michael’s narrative tone, and makes great use of existing characters. There’s plenty of action, leavened with a good amount of humor.

For readers not familiar with the TV show, there’s a solid explanation of his background and circumstances, woven into the opening pages. The plot, never bogged down by this, takes off very quickly and the fast pacing continues throughout the book. Fans looking for a fix and newcomers just looking for a fast, fun read will enjoy this one. I’m not usually a fan of novels based on TV shows, but this one worked for me.

Rating: 7
August 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-22554-2 (paperback)


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