When a young lawyer for the number one environmental law firm in Seattle is found dead on Mount Rainier, the police declare it a tragic accident. A desperate mother turns to Raja Williams, a private investigator always willing to help.
The discovery of a sinister scorched-earth plot to hide the truth leads Raja and Vinny to the Arctic wilds of Canada and lands them in the middle of a battle over the riches of the pristine wilderness. If assassins don't kill them, the sub-zero weather just might.
This is the third intriguing thriller in the Raja Williams Mystery Series. Neither the dark, tragic anti-hero nor the James Bond super-hero type, Raja is a wealthy Oxford-educated PI of mixed Caribbean descent who possesses a strong empathic power and a sixth sense for evil that gives him headaches and steers him straight into trouble. His partner Vinny Moore is a gorgeous hipster geek who prefers hacking computers to haute couture.
Swimming Upstream is a fast-paced crime thriller that grabs the reader right out of the gate and never lets go. The colorful cast of characters and timely topics make it an entertaining read which works as a stand-alone novel or part of the series.
Raja Williams Novels: The Color of Greed, C'est la Vie, Swimming Upstream, Diamonds Never Die, Muerte en Las Vegas, Vendetta in Venice
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jack Thompson is a wonderful writer that I have run into in the past year. One very important footnote that I should insert right away is that I believe that very few books earn the five-star rating, in fact, perhaps as low as one-in-five. Thus, it is a highly compliment when I give Jack a four-star rating and I would and do consider "Swimming Upstream" an excellent summer read. In complete fairness, I have only read the Raja Williams Private Investigator series. And this series has just gotten better. Jack's storylines and characters descriptions have always been first rate. His writing skills however, just keep getting better and better. Jack has become an established quality writer with a magical hook to reel in the reader. Laura Bachman is a rising star lawyer in Seattle's number one environmental law firm. She is definitely going places. Then everything changes when she decides to go skiing at Mt. Ranier. She is a very qualified skier but she ignores her...
This is the third Raja Williams book and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. There are twists and turns but not so many one loses track of the plot or the characters. Raja is a Private Eye who doesn't really need to work but does it to help people when they seem to have been missed by the system. I have gone on to read other Jack Thompson stories now as I love his style of writing and his humour. I am looking forward to the release of his next Raja Williams Book, I hope Vinny is still included in there with her 'Bam Shizzams' and 'True Dat'. Great Characters. Good Yarn!!
I really liked this book and would give it 4 1/2 stars. There was lots of action and the Northwest Territories and the natives of Canada were fascinating. The characters were good especially Raja, Vinny and Sully. The writing style was good and it flowed very well. The ending was wrapped up too quickly for my taste and all the pieces were a little forced. But, all and all, this was good enough for me to want to read another one.
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