Short Story Review of “The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear”


“The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear” was published in 2014 and was written by Eric Van Lustbader ( Mr. Linnear has published more than 40 novels. This is a Short Story in the “Nicholas Linnear/Ninja” series.

I obtained a galley of this short story for review through I would categorize this story as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence. This Thriller Short Story is set in contemporary Shanghai, China.

The primary character in the series, Nicholas Linnear, is unexpectedly attacked by unknown forces. He thwarts the attack, and goes on the offensive to find the man who he thinks is behind the attack. But he soon discovers that all is not what it seems.

This is a nice return of Nicholas Linnear after 20 years. I have read and enjoyed many of the books in this series. Much of the old Linnear can be found in this story. However the short format, I read the story in 45 minutes, really limits how full the story can be. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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