downloadReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Arthur Cathcart is dead, but only on paper. After his wife Florencia was killed and Arthur was shot in the head, yet survived, he removed himself from the world he once lived in and began a successful life underground. This underground life does not come without hazards however and Arthur finds that Florencia was hiding more from him than he realized. Cries of the Lost is the sequel to Chris Knopf’s earlier novel, Dead Anyway, and filled in the details from that story, while perfectly building to the new story. Even without reading Dead Anyway, enough of the previous events were spelled out in order to be brought up to speed with the characters and the past.

After Florencia’s death, Arthur discovered his deceased wife’s embezzlement scheme from her profitable insurance agency, as well as many other secrets from her past. Figuring that he has nothing to lose, Arthur decides to find out the truth while crisscrossing the globe under various personas with the help of his new love interest Natsumi Fitzgerald. Natsumi is beautiful, Japanese, smart and ready and willing to follow Arthur all over the globe to uncover secrets. The pair is financially stable, thanks to the removal of the embezzled funds, and able to change identities, locales and order spy equipment all across the globe with ease. These adventures do not go undetected however and the pair quickly discovers that even with how careful and intelligent they are; one can never be too careful. The information that Florencia covered up during her life is valuable, secretive and important and there are more individuals interested in obtaining this information than only Arthur.

I am not an avid reader of mystery novels and had a bit of a hard time making it through the novel, not because it was boring or slow moving, but rather that I don’t always find spy adventures, car chases and offshore bank accounts to be appealing. For mystery lovers, author Chris Knopf has your number. Arthur is a humble genius, smart but far from condescending and Natsumi provides the warm touch of a woman to his missions while at the same time mastering her own craft and forming her own role. The book is well-written and full of action and even though the story does border on being very far fetched in places, it was still an enjoyable read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.