Joe Hunter is back for another action packed adventure as he is hired to bring Marianne Dean back to her father because her husband is accused of being abusive to her. With the help of his friend Rink, Matt goes on the mission but finds out that an assassin named Dantelion has been hired to kill Marianne and her husband.
Like the previous book, Dead Man’s Dust, the book switches point of view from Joe Hunter to Dantelion as the two face off against each other while Hunter is protecting Marianne and her husband at the same time. The action is non-stop and you never know what is going to happen next.
Of course, the mystery here is why Dantelion is hired to kill Marianne and her husband. Joe will go out of his way to determine why this is happening and he’s in for some surprises as the story unfolds, making the story even more unpredictable.
Comparing this to Dead Man’s Dust, i would say that this is a much better story since the focus of the story is not on the serial killer and Joe’s brother. We know more about Joe as the story continues and all this makes for a better story with a good blend of comedy, action and suspense.
Dantelion makes the story more gripping since he is determined to complete his job, killing anyone who gets in his way. This makes the story even more intense as Joe and Rink are determined to stop Dantelion by any means, setting up for a great and unpredictable ending to this novel.
Is Lee Child in for some competition? In many ways, I would say yes since Joe Hunter is a great protagonist who adds a good blend of humor, action, and snappy dialogue to the story, along with his partner, Rink. He’s not only battling Dantelion but taking on the police and the FBI who want Joe to stay out of the way of the investigation.
I would say that you don’t have to read Dead Man’s Dust if you don’t want to. While that is a good story, I would say that Judgment and Wrath is much better and I wish I could give it more than five stars.