Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction
Series: The Rusty Diamond Trilogy (Book One)
A street magician needs more than sleight-of-hand to survive getting embroiled in a murder case in this blistering novel of suspense, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and George Pelecanos.
After years of chasing fame and hedonistic excess in the bright lights of Las Vegas, Rusty “The Raven” Diamond has returned home to Ocean City to piece his life back together. When he finds himself an innocent suspect in his landlord’s brutal murder, Rusty abandons all hope of maintaining a tranquil existence. Acting on impulse, he digs into the investigation just enough to anger both the police and a local drug cartel.
As the unsolved case grows more complex, claiming new victims and inciting widespread panic, Rusty feels galvanized by the adrenaline he’s been missing for too long. But his newfound excitement threatens to become an addiction, leading him headfirst into an underworld he’s been desperately trying to escape.
Austin Williams creates an unforgettable protagonist in Rusty, a flawed but relatable master of illusion in very real danger. As the suspense builds to an explosively orchestrated climax, Williams paints a riveting portrait of both a city—and a man—on the edge.
Misdirection was a fun read. Full of suspense with one very charming and likable character – Rusty Diamond. Rusty captivates you from the onset. Details on Rusty are slowly doled out adding to his intrigue and magnetism. He’s a good guy, with wonderful intentions. Turning his back on a successful career as a top performing illusionist in Las Vegas adds to both character and narrative. The illusionist aspect demonstrated a creative edge Williams obviously possesses, thoroughly enjoyed. Rusty is trying to rediscover a new direction staving off boredom, through a tragic event, he finds himself dabbling as a very ‘unique’ stealth gumshoe, with a few interesting tools implemented in his newfound trade.
Creative plot, with wonderful accessory characters. No doubt Rusty steals the spotlight.
Williams has a very catchy warm writing style, immediately grabbing your attention. I would love to see his talent on a literary project, no doubt he has the creativity and finesse to form a marvelous read.
Full of suspense, fast paced, extremely entertaining, an endearing protagonist with smart writing you must add this to your TBR. Seldom do I find myself caught up in a series, admittedly Rusty and Williams dazzled me, I can’t wait to read the next in this unique series.
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About the Author
The new thriller by Austin Williams, Misdirection, is now available from Diversion Books. It is the first novel of The Rusty Diamond Trilogy. Williams is the author of the acclaimed suspense novels Crimson Orgy and The Platinum Loop. He is the co-author (with Erik Quisling) of Straight Whisky: A Living History of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Sunset Strip. He lives in Los Angeles.
Misdirection Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, September 22
Review at The Bookworm
Tuesday, September 23
Review at Sitting in the Stacks
Wednesday, September 24
Spotlight at Tales of a Book Addict
Thursday, September 25
Review at Reading Room Book Reviews
Monday, September 29
Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, September 30
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Tuesday, October 2
Review at The Discerning Reader
Friday, October 3
Interview at Any Good Book
Tuesday, October 7
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Wednesday, October 8
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary
Monday, October 13
Review & Giveaway at Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Tuesday, October 14
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 15
Review at Book Nerd