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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In An Honest Man by Thomas A. Brown, Alaskan pawnshop clerk Jason cannot believe his luck when an ancient scroll lands on the counter. Single mother Paddy has just come into ownership of the scroll and other valuable items after another successful robbery. When Jason discovers the scroll had been taken from the house of a deceased man, the risks of finding a buyer on the black market increase. However, the temptation of selling a valuable ancient scroll from the 13th century is too much to ignore. As Paddy and Jason try to seal the deal with a wealthy collector, they soon find themselves embroiled in a blackmail plot, murder, kidnapping, and a feud that is decades old. Will they ever manage to sell the ancient mysterious manuscript that somehow traveled from 13th-century Al-Andalusia to 21st-century Alaska?
I truly adored An Honest Man by Thomas A. Brown. The historical stories were amazing as the origins of the ancient manuscript were told. The interesting stories of the previous owners were so well written they could have been made into novels in their own right. Jason and Paddy made such a good double act. Their insulting verbal exchanges were hilarious and their personalities were so well matched. There were great moments of tension that were heartstopping but then Jason would just say one line and I would laugh out loud. For example when he finds the bottle of scotch in the middle of the house break-in. I admired how all the sub-plots entwined so effortlessly into the main storyline. The characters were fantastic and created with a great deal of consideration. The action and excitement are continuous as Paddy and Jason somehow become embroiled in dangerous situations with absolute psychotic maniacs. A highly recommended read.