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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:
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Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail. . . . And there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer.

The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex–FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable—and more deadly—by the hour.

A woman steps out of the shower in her Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen with fear by what he has to say about the FBI—and what he says he must do. . . .

A young agent slips into the night water off a rocky beach. He's been instructed to swim to a nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than collect the money. . . .

Vail has resigned himself to his dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer. But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated a brilliant extortion plot. The group will keep killing their targets until the agency pays them off, the amount and number of bodies escalating each time the FBI fails. One thing is clear: someone who knows a little too much about the inner workings of the Bureau is very clever —and very angry—and will kill and kill again if it means he can disgrace the FBI.

Steve Vail's options —and his time to find answers—are swiftly running out.

Noah Boyd's The Bricklayer is written with the bracing authenticity only someone who has been a crack FBI investigator can provide. And in this masterful debut Boyd has created a mind-bending maze of clues and traps inside a nonstop thrill ride that is sure to leave readers exhilarated and enthralled.

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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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries
  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Noah Boyd

Noah Boyd, the New York Times bestselling author of The Bricklayer, is a former FBI agent who spent more than twenty years working on 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.