Author Gregg Hurwitz has given a new twist to his latest thriller, “The Survivor” (St. Martin's Press, $25.99).
Nate Overbay is about to take the final step — literally. He's on an 11th-floor bank window ledge about to jump. He's separated from his wife and teenage daughter. He has post-traumatic stress disorder and has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS, for the past nine months. He's also almost broke.
When a gang of gunmen rushes into the bank and begins shooting, instinct takes over. Nate gets a gun and takes out five of the gunmen. The last gunman gets away and gives Nate a cryptic warning.
Nate soon is kidnapped by Pavlo, a sadistic Ukrainian mob leader. Pavlo wants what's in one of the safety deposit boxes at the bank. Nate has a choice — get the contents of the box or watch his daughter die before he's killed.
It's true that with ALS, Nate is going to die, but on whose terms puts the thrill back in thriller.
— John Harrington