If all the family togetherness of the holiday is getting to be a strain, you might want to escape with the Boyer family and get caught up in a suspenseful thriller.

The Heir by Paul Robertson opens at the funeral of Melvin Boyer, a wealthy businessman, politician and power broker. Jason Boyer narrates the story of his father’s demise and his own rise. He expects the estate from the father he hardly knew to be awarded to the do-good foundation, while he and his brother will live on a generous monthly stipend.

But just before his death, Melvin Boyer altered the will to name Jason the heir of all assets. At first, Jason tries to resist the inheritance. Then he gets a taste of the money and power. As the depth of corruption of his father’s empire is revealed, Jason becomes drawn in to the point that it seems impossible to escape.

It’s discovered that his father’s death may not have been an accident. Or is the investigation a political maneuver? Jason begins to trust no one and attracts powerful enemies.

The Heir is in the tradition of John Grisham thrillers, with fast-moving action and lots of plot twists that kept me reading well past bed time.

The character development is very thorough and the writing was excellent. Jason Boyer has a keen sense of wit and sarcasm, like this discussion with his father’s second wife:

“If a marshmallow could talk, that’s what it would sound like.

“I’d like for you to be on the board of the Boyer Foundation.”

“Oh.” It wasn’t the word, just the vowel sound, drawn out, like a marshmallow being stepped, real slowly.

The story had more depth than most legal thrillers, but the pace moved a little slow at times. Jason seemed very mature for a 28-year-old rich kid and a lack of mourning for his father, no matter how distant he was, seemed out of character. If you’re looking for a fast read that’s light on graphic details, yet realistic in the extent of corruption, The Heir is a good one to try.

I picked it up a few months ago when Amazon offered it free on Kindle. It’s selling now for $5.49.
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