Review: The Bricklayer

TITLE: The Bricklayer
AUTHOR: Noah Boyd
PUBLICATION: 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers
FORMAT: Hardcover


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.


I would like to thank the ladies at the Gerard Butler global fans forums for bringing this book to my attention. As I have noted before I’m the type who reads books in anticipation of a film release so the idea of my current favorite actor being in a FBI thriller was enough to pique my interest. So I was able to get this book from the library because I’m liking to get more books from the library nowadays.

I don’t usually read thrillers, but I have been known to pick them up on occasion. It’s not my favorite genre, but I won’t say no to something that sounds good. The action in this novel starts pretty much from the beginning so readers who do not fancy slow build-up will not be disappointed. I enjoyed the even amount of detail and action in this instance. I was addicted to reading it after awhile and wanted to know more and once the mastermind behind the whole thing is revealed halfway through the book I was curious to know what else was going to happen in the rest of the novel.

To be perfectly honest there wasn’t a whole lot of things that I disliked about the novel. Although there were a couple of the big plot twists that I saw coming long before they manifested in the narrative, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t a good book.

It wasn’t that hard to picture Gerry in the role of Steve Vail. Boyd’s character is interesting. He would sacrifice all to prevent a criminal from walking the streets. This is a character that really appeals to me, a bit flirty, a bit sarcastic, and opposed to authority, heh. I really enjoyed the scenes between Vail and deputy assistant director Kate Bannon. (Could we please have Cate Blanchett in this role for the film adaptation?!) I liked Kate in this book. There was definitely some good chemistry between these characters.

Whether you like this genre of books or you are looking for something new to try, I would recommend that you give The Bricklayer a chance.



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