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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,593 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Boyd Narrator: Michael McConnohie Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Steve Vail Series Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780061974342
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“Terrific pace, surprises galore….Move over Jack Reacher, here comes The Bricklayer.”
 —James Patterson

 

There is a brand new master on the thriller scene. Noah Boyd makes a truly spectacular entrance with The Bricklayer—the first in an explosive new series featuring former FBI agent Steve Vail that recalls the #1 bestsellers of John Sandford and Lee Child. An ex-FBI agent himself, Boyd adds gritty insider knowledge and color to this stunning novel, and the word on the street is The Bricklayer is fabulous. Kay Scarpetta’s creator, New York Times bestseller Patricia Cornwell, calls it, “Dazzling,” while Lee Child himself raves, “Non-stop action and non-stop authenticity make this a real winner.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Noah Boyd brings his FBI experience to this dazzling thriller. The pace is frenetic, the action is unique, and the drama intense. We have a new American hero in Steve Vail.” 

    Patricia Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “If the rest of the series is as sensational as The Bricklayer; Vail should have a long, happy life and readers should enjoy every installment of it.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The Bricklayer is taut and twisty—and powerfully addictive.” 

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • The Bricklayer is action-packed and never slows down…A refreshingly unpredictable mystery destined to become a bestseller with many sequels.” 

    Winnipeg Fress Press

  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Zuccarelli | 2/16/2014

    " Steve Vail is awesome! This was a very good book, great characters, fast paced story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Mchugh | 2/15/2014

    " This book was Soooo, the best. I love Steve Vail. I am hoping Mr. Boyd finds a new adventure for him. I will be waiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Steve Vail (first in series); ex-FBI agent is recruited to solve a case where the FBI is being forced to pay ransom to a group killing FBI enemies; loads of action and complicated puzzles "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dick Edwards | 2/9/2014

    " A rather boring, run-of-the-mill murder mystery, saved from a low rating by a fairly surprising plot-twist at the end. The cutesy dialogue between Vail and the obvious love interest Kate is rather amateurish, and that is a draw-down. All in all, I would have given this only a 3, but it rises to a 5 (out of 10) because of the plot twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/9/2014

    " I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 1/31/2014

    " I think Noah Boyd's character Steve Vail is as good as Lee Child's Jack Reacher! I hope he continues the Vail character in future books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/30/2014

    " Good detective thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/25/2014

    " I LOVED this book! Steve Vail was fired from the FBI, but he gets called back to help them find someone. So good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 1/21/2014

    " First book and well worth the time to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 1/3/2014

    " Good, fast paced action thriller. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable. It does provide a few new twists to stay interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Brown | 12/22/2013

    " Very good read. Keeps you interested until the very last page!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Heywood | 12/21/2013

    " This is how action and mystery books are supposed to be written. Lots of action, lots of intrigue. No slow parts. But even better, not much swearing or sex. Plus the violence was not too graphic. I did not have it entirely figured out until five chapters from the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns throughout the story, some likeable characters and creepy villains. I do tend to like mysteries written by lawyers, detectives, or in this case a former FBI agent. Guess they have a lot of material to draw from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/10/2013

    " This was a pretty good book. Very Similar to the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child with the loner type former agent that does things not the correct/legal way but gets the results when no one else can or is willing to take the chances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/21/2013

    " Fantastic read, one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 6/13/2013

    " I liked it in the beginning but then it became a bit far fetched and throw in a romance scene in the end... I guess I expected more details in the why than in the life of the District Attorney. Oh well... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/29/2013

    " Fun action book, liked how it was realistic with all the red tape that even spies have to go through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctgt | 12/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed the Vail character. Some pretty good plot twists and nice pacing. I look forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/20/2012

    " Very fast read, great for a ling plane ride or reading by the pool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Dunham | 6/26/2012

    " Promising start to a new series with a leading character who can't work in the system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Withrow | 5/14/2012

    " I loved this book and added part 2 to my amazon account. I hope this author continues with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Levine | 3/22/2012

    " Exciting good suspense.Many twist and tricks in the plotting.Somewhat surprising ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Hanafin | 1/12/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. It is pretty much an action thriller in book form. Powered through it in a few days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/25/2011

    " Fun, terrific. A very fast read. Complex w/o being confusing or unbelievable. In the bricklayer Boyd has crafted a new classic character, one we will see again. Smart and sardonic, and clearly Boyd's doppelganger. Can't wait for the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 7/17/2011

    " Not necessarily a genre I often read, but a good FBI suspense nevertheless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fay | 5/17/2011

    " It was a fast and exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " Great FBI action book with a wonderful main character who used to be an FBI agent. Good characters, action (some unbelievable escapes, but that's ok) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burnt | 4/17/2011

    " Intricately plotted but surprisingly unengaging. Too much surface, not enough depth. I found myself drifting during this cat and mouse game. Perhaps not enough at stake? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/16/2011

    " Easy read. Good summer time, you don't have to think much about it reading. The plot moved along quickly and kept you guessing until the end. I would definitely read more of his stuff, even though I might hide the cover. Oh and there is romance. Can't beat that! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ainsley | 4/9/2011

    " Vail doesn't even come close to Jack Reacher. I was disappointed. The characters were flat and the plot was a little boring. And the thinly veiled misogyny was quite off-putting as well. I'll wait for the next Lee Child book instead of continuing this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/4/2011

    " Entertaining, easy read. Likeable protagonist. Non-stop action. Perfect for an airport or a trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/22/2011

    " This was very good. It's a first outing for this author who is a former FBI agent. The characters are very engaging and the plot moves swiftly and keeps your interest. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys this genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 3/20/2011

    " Fast paced to be sure with a plot that keeps you guessing. But it still felt like the typical police thriller. I liked it and will read another one. I wish the guy wasn't so predictable...aloof, misunderstood, noble, and vulnerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/16/2011

    " This was an enjoyable book. Will definitely read more by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Noah Boyd

Noah Boyd is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bricklayer and a former FBI agent who spent more than twenty years working some of the Bureau's toughest investigations, including the Green River Killer case and the Highland Park Strangler case (which he's credited with solving). He currently works on cold cases when he's not writing. He lives in New England.

About the Narrator

Michael McConnohie has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time television, and on stage. His audiobook readings have ranged from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help, and poetry. He has seen much of the world as a supervisor of foreign versions of major American films and has written and directed English versions of many prominent foreign films. He believes that a good book is a friend you can visit over and over again and always enjoy the conversation.