Charnes is a new author to me and I was intrigued by the plot summary of this book. I’m very glad I picked it up as it was chock full of mystery and suspense. I enjoy a good story with plenty of detail and plenty of clues to unravel. I felt like the story unfolded well and kept me as a reader wanting to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Very well written. I’m glad to find that this is part of a series and look forward to reading more of it.
Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3)
By: Lance Charnes
5 out of 5 stars
The story Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3) by Lance Charnes is a wonderful book to read. It takes you on a fast-paced journey that has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I loved reading about the character of Matt Friedrich. He is a man that is smart, unpredictable, and very resourceful. Matt is an ex-con who is promised an early end to his probation if he can finish a job in 60 days. It involves Nam Ton ware that is being trafficked. Matt soon finds himself way over his head and having to think on the fly as a federal turf war has started. Will Matt learn where the pottery is coming from? Will he finish the job in 60 days? Will he earn the early release from his probation? What does the future hold for Matt? Read this book to find out. This is a story that hooked me in from the very beginning and didn’t let me go until the final page. There are other characters that are introduced and interact with Matt. Some of them are helpful to him, others have their own agenda, and then there are those who I wasn’t sure what their motives were. This book has a mystery that must be solved and if there is anyone that can do it, I believe the main character of Matt Friedrich is the one who can accomplish it. This is a story I would highly recommend reading.
I enjoyed the suspense and mystery that it brought. I had a hard time getting into the story but once I was there, it went fast. I enjoyed the attention to detail this author has throughout the story as well as the interesting characters. The Dewitt Agency is hired by a client to investigate a claim of smuggled antiques. What will happen when Matt realizes this is above his head and that his freedom in now at steak? I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next with Matt.
Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3) by Lance Charnes is very cleverly written and all the threads woven together to create a great read. It is a suspenseful, mysterious and intriguing tale where there are lots of twists. It took me a bit to settle into the story as it was a bit slow but once the pace picked up it was full of conning the con man it completely engrossed and enthralled me. I really liked our main character and his clever way of thinking and putting things together. Lance has created a world that you can easily imagine and get caught up in.
I will not share the story because it is one where you need to discover all on your own. Now that I have read this book I have to get my hands on some of his other work.
Reviewed by @jennadb
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Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3) by Lance Charnes
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Genre – Crime/Caper
Page Count – 334 pages
Cover Designer – Damonza
Publisher – Wombat Group Media
It’s pure white, deep blue… and dirty all over.
Nam Ton ware – centuries-old ceramics from Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle – captivated the DeWitt Agency’s tech-tycoon client. Now Immigration and Customs Enforcement is on his case for buying smuggled antiquities. To get immunity, he’s hired the agency to run an off-books investigation into Nam Ton’s source.
Disgraced ex-L.A. gallerist and ex-con Matt Friedrich is in charge. If he finishes within sixty days, he’ll earn an early end to his probation. If he doesn’t, he may go back to prison for bending the federal criminal code into a pretzel.
Soon enough, Matt’s in San Francisco, getting tight with Savannah, the client’s beautiful art advisor, to scam his way into the smuggling operation. As the burglary, blackmail, tax evasion and customs fraud piles up and Matt finds himself sandwiched in a federal turf war, he realizes he’s in way over his head with no good way out. And that’s before he ends up in a real live jungle.
Matt’s dealing with a type of art he knows nothing about from an area he’s seen only in war movies. Now the fate of some trafficked pottery may decide whether Matt gets his freedom… or spends a long stretch in a concrete cell.
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Lance Charnes has been an Air Force intelligence officer, information technology manager, computer-game artist, set designer and Jeopardy! contestant, and is now an emergency management specialist. He’s had training in architectural rendering, terrorist incident response and maritime archaeology, but not all at the same time. His Facebook author page features spies, archaeology and art crime.
Lance is the author of the DeWitt Agency Files series of international art-crime novels, the international thriller Doha 12, and the near-future thriller South. All are available in trade paperback and digital editions.