Max Rupert #1
The Guise of Another introduces the Max Rupert series of novels. In this book, Max Rupert (the homicide detective in The Life We Bury) is the good brother in a good brother, bad brother story. The Guise of Another is the hunt for the identity of a man named James Putnam, an endeavor that could help salvage the faltering career of Detective Alexander Rupert (Max Rupert's brother). A former Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption."
But the investigation puts him in the path of a sociopath who has been searching for the missing Putnam for years. And before he knows it, Rupert's life, which was already in shambles, is now also in danger. As he feels his life spinning out of control, his steadfast brother and fellow police detective Max may be Rupert's last hope.
"Eskens's elegant but chilly prose, like winter in the blood, is well suited to this fiercely told morality tale (and its deeply cynical ending), which is sure to send all of us wretched sinners straight to hell."
—New York Times Book Review
"With just two books to his name, I have put [Eskens] on my 'must read' list."
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Readers looking for a new voice should pay attention to Eskens."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It's a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you'll tell yourself things can't get any worse. And then they do."
—WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times-bestselling author of the Edgar® Award-winning Ordinary Grace
"Another great, dark, and brooding page-turner from Allen Eskens, with a tragic protagonist who will break your heart. Eskens's characters will haunt you long after you finish reading."
—MICHAEL SEARS, award-winning author of the bestselling Jason Stafford series
"The talented Allen Eskens fulfills the rich promise of his Edgar®-nominated debut with this chilling, dark, and sinister thriller. With precision and authority, Eskens's determined cop hero takes one intriguing clue—and pursues it into spiraling disaster. With a deadly surprise around every corner and a bleak undercurrent of noir-like dread, this book will haunt you."
—HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Truth Be Told
"Eskens has proven that he can play with the big boys with two outstanding novels under his belt—(Seeing another Dean Koontz), with his literary flair; appealing to a wide audience. Lots of action, plot twists—an intricately woven mystery."
—Judith D. Collins Reviews (read the full review)
"Wow, what a novel The Guise of Another turns out to be! Written by Allen Eskens, it is a thriller suspense that ended in a way I did not expect. Every detail is clear to understand, and the way each part of the story folds together kept me hooked."
—Fresh Fiction (read the full review)
"The Life We Bury was an excellent mystery, and I wasn't sure Eskens' second novel could live up to it. However, The Guise of Another was fantastic and may be even better than his first novel."
—Tina Says... (read the full review)
"The Guise of Another is certainly a page turner—gripping through to the end."
—Beyond the Cover (read the full review)
"I highly encourage mystery, suspense, oh heck everyone should read this one. Guise of Another is a suspenseful journey of layers, each one more interesting than the last."
—Night Owl Reviews (read the full review)
"I am so excited to discover a new mystery novelist in Mr. Eskens. I have really enjoyed both of his books and look forward to more from this talented author."
—Booking Mama Reviews (read the full review)
"Eskens moves through these styles genres easily, using Alexander's growing desperation to match the element of desperation in each genre. The slow reveal of his true nature makes him the fitting protagonist for each form the book morphs into. Eskens' true accomplishment is how we care for his protagonist more as the vice tightens."
—MysteryPeople (read the full review)
"This crime novel is layered in secrecy. The characters are well drawn, from the central lead and his brother, to the villain, a creative assassin adept at acquiring whatever he needs to accomplish his task. A quick read overall, and an intriguing one."
—Omnimystery News (read the full review)
"Another excellent page turner from Eskens. I highly recommend his books. Eskens is firmly on my must-read list. I'll be eagerly awaiting his third novel."
—A Bookworm's World (read the full review)