Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review of 'Last Day' by Richard La Plante

Last Day

by Richard LaPlante

Charlie Wolf is an undercover cop assigned to infiltrate the Sons of Fire motorcycle club, suspected of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine up and down the East Coast. Charlie’s been undercover for a long time—long enough to have broken the two cardinal rules of his work. He’s forged a strong friendship with Ray Sasso, president of the Sons of Fire. And he’s become addicted to meth.

A near-fatal mistake during the attempted bust by the cops leaves a bullet lodged in the right temporal lobe of Charlie’s brain. Operating to remove it would likely kill Charlie. Living with it will change him forever.

Two men linked by a tangle of lies and twisted loyalties. Two men who could not be more different—or more the same. When they meet again, for one of them it will be the Last Day.

**My thoughts**

When I first started reading this book, I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. All I knew was that the narrator was saying that today was going to be his last day. He rambled and nothing seemed to make sense. I held on for a few more chapters and then everything started to become clearer. Sort of.

Charlie not only has a bullet lodged in his brain, but also had been on meth when doing his undercover work. Both things are going to mess with your interpretation of the world around you. Because the story is told from his point of view, his turmoil and confusion is even more obvious. You are swirling in the whirpool of his thoughts, trying to figure out what is real and what is part of his delusions, just as he is. This tactic completely draws you into the story. Just like Charlie, you are aching to figure out what is really going on. 

Charlie has also been asked to choose between two impossible choices. Either decision puts his life and his family at complete risk, even though the risks are quite different. I kept asking myself which decision I would have made. Also, I kept wondering how much of the threat was perceived and how much was real, because he was so delusional.

The roller coaster ride continues through the entire book. Plenty of twists and turns keep jarring your own brain, yet the centrifugal force keeps you firmly holding on as you await the ending, which could very well surprise you. Great thriller.

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About the Author

Richard LaPlante is the author of the popular Fogarty-Tanaka series of crime fiction novels as well as three memoirs. Last Day is his first paranormal thriller and explores his longtime interest in human consciousness and the Near Death Experience. A musician and lifelong student of martial arts, Richard lives with his two sons in the sunny mountains of Ojai, CA and is a founding director of an independent publishing company, Escargot Books, where he blogs regularly.

Currently, Richard is also working on Hog Fever, an Ear Movie — a movie without pictures — based upon his motorcycle memoir Hog Fever and starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp, produced by Grammy award winner Greg Penny and directed by British rock icon Kevin Godley.

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  1. Love true crime.. Patterson was the first author to get me into them. I do love paranormal / crime etc as well.

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