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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
"Respot the Pin" by Timothy Sawyer gets its title from a bowling term. When the pinsetter might accidentally knock over a pin, the bowling center must return or "respot" the pins to their original position. Keeping this in mind, the story begins with Kirill "Nick" Nikitin who is the leader of a drug cartel in a Midwestern United States city. Vasily "Victor" Rostov is his right hand man who thinks of taking Nick's place as head of the drug cartel. Nikitin employs Craig Remke, MBA, to run his profitable lab in this same city. Craig's special loves are money and women, and he brings pretty Cindy Brown to his laboratory where she takes undercover cell phone pictures and then calls her boss, Police Sgt. Frank Price. Frank is a twenty-five year veteran who then is asked to form a drug task force. Now, the city's mayor and the police chief want to repay political favors and place people on Frank's task force who are incompetent. Frank threatens to resign unless he gets to name his own highly qualified members and he gets his way. He remembers raiding a drug lab five years before in California and its explosion took with it the house next door, killing a young woman and her daughter. Frank forms his team of skilled police men and women but what will be next?
Timothy Sawyer has written a fascinating thriller in his book "Respot the Pin". Good suspense and good dialogue throughout the story make it one nice read. All the characters, especially Frank Price, Jesse Schild, speak in the language of everyday and humor often peppers their comments. Jesse' romance with once homeless Maggie Collins, Frank's attraction to fellow police task force member, Renee, and task force romancers Tim and Shannon add nicely to the basic story. "Respot the Pin" will gain thriller reader followers everywhere.