The twisty tale of a Detroit process server whose search for a missing stockholder leads him into more serious peril than he ever imagined possible, Unknown Man #89 is a gourmet stew of mystery, suspense, and double and triple cross, peppered with the razor sharp dialogue for which Grand Master Leonard is justifiably famous.
This crime novel shows further development in Leonard’s writing style. This book revives one of his earlier characters from The Big Bounce, Jack Ryan, as a Detroit-based process server that searches for a man that has property coming to him that he is unaware of. The story has many twists and turns and ends up with a clever Ryan coming out ahead in the end. I was struck by a new technique that had not appeared in any earlier Leonard novels. He had two simultaneous threads going in the story and brought one to a cliffhanger at the end of the chapter and then followed it up with a chapter dedicated to the other story thread. I have seen other writers use this technique effectively as Leonard does in this work. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 pizzas.