Poisonfeather is book 2 in the Gibson Vaughn series by Matthew FitzSimmons. In other books like this (Jack Reacher books, Lucas Davenport books, etc.), you don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on in this book. While that is somewhat true of this book, there are so many allusions to what happened in Book 1 that it gets annoying if you haven’t read it. Actually, most of the first chapters are about Gibson dealing with what happened in Book 1. Since I hadn’t read Book 1, it was somewhat of a slow start, but once the story got going, the book was interesting.
Poisonfeather is about a billionaire investor who cheated many people and was sent to jail for 8 years. Many people lost their life savings by investing with him. Just before his release, he did an interview for a magazine in which he hinted that he had a lot of money stashed away somewhere. This, of course, brought many people out of the woodwork who wanted to get a piece of the money.
Gibson gets drawn into the mess because he wants to repay a judge who lost everything by investing with the crook. Gibson pairs up with an ex-con and a girl named Lea who is out for revenge.
I wish that the author had spent more time on the ending because it felt like there were a lot of loose plot strings. Maybe it’s supposed to be a cliffhanger for book 3? I hate waiting, which is why I avoid reading series books until the author has completed writing the series.
Look at the Patrick Rothfuss books. I’ve been waiting for something like 3 years for Book 3 to come out!
I’ll have to go back to read Book 1 so that I know what happened with the former VP and his wife. If you like the Jack Reacher and the Lucas Davenport books, the Gibson Vaughn books are similar.
Side note: the author made a note that writing the second book was harder than the first book because there were so many expectations. With the first book, there weren’t any deadlines, but with the second book, there were deadlines and more pressure. This made me smile because there would be less pressure (from readers) if the author didn’t write cliffhanger endings.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.