Nick Neville is a forensic accountant. Which means he performs audits on companies to find out if their books are all on the up-and-up. This job does not usually entail breaking into murdered people’s apartments, attending politically charged furry confabs, or taking the red eye to Germany only to be kidnapped by machine-gun toting members of the Illuminati. Nick Neville, however, is more than up to the challenge. And just when your eyes start to roll into the back of your head, let it also be said that our Nick is somewhat of a ladies’ man.
These are just a few of the joys inherent in FAR-FETCHED AND HIGHLY PLAUSIBLE, Leandro Faria’s terribly fun novel about Nick Neville, CPA, and his surprisingly exciting audit of the Cogvolve Corporation, a high tech company whose co-founder has turned up missing. Nick, innocent but curious, gets wrapped up in international intrigue, first, through a furry named BabyKitty, but to say anymore of the plot will spoil the fun of this winning little book. (There’s even cameos by Nikolo Tesla and Leonardo da Vinci, his penchant for both grave robbing and other men in tact!). It’s rare that a book has been so aptly named. And FAR-FETCHED is just that. Still, it’s a blast to tag along with a calm, measured accountant who can also take down an armed assassin in a getaway car.
The plot is perfectly twisty, the mystery sufficiently smoke-shrouded, and the action expertly staged. Never have cold figures and accounting had so much heat. The novel has such a broad stroke with its premise, but never forgets little moments of memorable specificity—watching Nick put the moves on a date is sublime. Faria’s dialogue can be a tiny bit stilted at times and there’s no truly elegant prose here, but who cares? This blast of a novel hums along at such a swift, lively pace, readers are likely never to notice anything except its memorable characters and a plot that is, like the title, a bit unbelievable. And readers will likely never look at an accountant the same way again.
FAR-FETCHED AND HIGHLY PLAUSIBLE is an efficiently twisty mystery/thriller with brisk, energetic pacing, superb tone, and a winningly curious plot.
~Steven Foster for IndieReader