At the start of this stellar standalone from Knopf (Tango Down and seven other Sam Acquillo mysteries), Dr. Waters, an organizational psychologist for ExciteAble Technologies comes home one night to find the bloody head of the company’s owner, Paresh Rajput, on a bedroom floor. Knopf plays fair as he matches well-developed characters with a crafty whodunit plot, one whose resolution few readers will anticipate.
Waters eventually unravels a convoluted plot involving unlikely participants, but the highlight here is the character. Waters, who was trained to overcome his autistic behavior by his older brother, is a weight lifter with a wrestling background whose personal experience and education give him a unique understanding of himself and others. Readers wanting to see Waters again will hope this outstanding thriller spawns a series.