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Jun 3 2013 9:30am

Fresh Meat: Stolen by Allison Brennan

Stolen by Allison Brennan is the 6th book in the Lucy Kincaid series (available June 4, 2013).

Lucy Kincaid is in the middle of her FBI agent training course at Quantico when her boyfriend Sean Rogan quits his job working as a security investigator at his brother’s company. No longer speaking to his brother, Sean goes to New York to work with an old friend and business associate, Colton Thayer, telling Lucy very little about the project he’s involved in.

What Lucy doesn’t know is that Sean is working with the FBI on an investigation and has gone undercover. By helping the FBI, Sean hopes to clear himself and avoid prosecution for a crime he committed nearly ten years ago.

Sean is a computer whiz, to put it mildly. There’s no computer he can’t hack, no security system he can’t bypass. At a young age his idealism was his driving force and he wanted to be a kind of Robin Hood. He would see people do bad things and know that he could exact justice quicker than law enforcement.

Theft came in all shapes and sizes, from grand to small, from violent to peaceful. For Sean Rogan, the most satisfying robbery was stealing from someone who was a criminal, because the victim would never report the break-in. It was also the most dangerous.  

The safest theft, and almost as satisfying, was stealing information so the victim never knew they’d been targeted. This was the type of crime where Sean excelled and why his former mentor and friend Colton Thayer had for years wanted him to rejoin the group. It was why Sean had quit the family business. Now there was no turning back.

Throw in a rogue FBI agent who has a grudge against Sean, and he’s got his hands full. Sean humiliated Agent Deanna Brighton when he hacked into a system she had created to track financial transactions of sex offenders. She claimed the system was impenetrable and Sean’s hacking got her program shut down, and made her an embarrassment to her group. She has created a file on him and has basically stalked him since it all happened, just waiting for him to slip up.

She’d spent the last twelve and a half years, since she’d crossed paths with him, building her own file on Rogan. It was largely conjecture and most of it had no legal meaning. But she was learning everything about him. She would catch him breaking the law and it would be so obvious that not even the director of the FBI himself could keep Sean Rogan out of prison.

And if she had to, she’d turn to the media.

She’d tracked Rogan from California to Boston and back to California, but getting the FBI to transfer her had proved difficult. She was always a year behind him. When he moved to D.C. last year she asked for a transfer; the closest she could get was New York City. She took it. 

It was fate that Rogan was now in Manhattan. And good news for her that her informant told her something big was about to go down with Colton Thayer’s gang of cyberthieves.

It’s a fine line that Sean walks. He likes to step in and right the wrongs he sees. His special skills allow him access that law enforcement doesn’t have, or can’t legally get. He will be the first to admit that he loves the rush he gets from skirting the law and taking down the bad guys, especially when he has the ability to hit them and get out before they even know he’s been there. But he’s basically a good person who tries to stay on the right side of the law, and his relationship with Lucy is such that he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize it.

This is the first book I’ve read in this series, and even the first by this author. I could tell that Lucy and Sean have quite a past and have been through a lot together. The missing information doesn’t make the book unable to stand on its own, but it may make you want to go back and read about the different adventures that were mentioned in passing. It would also shed more light on some of the supporting characters and their relationship to Sean and Lucy.

 

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Kerry Hammond has been an avid mystery reader ever since she discovered Nancy Drew at the age of 8. She enjoys all types of stories, from thrillers to cozies to historical mysteries.

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5 comments
Deborah Lacy
1. DeborahLacy
Sounds like a great book. Based on this I may start earlier in the series. Thanks for a great review!
Kim Hammond
2. KimHammond
This sounds really good. I'd have to start at the beginning though. I like to get to know the characters, like real people.
Allison Brennan
3. Allison_Brennan
Thanks Kerry! I'm glad you liked Sean and Lucy :) They're fun to write about.
4. Rebecca L
I'd prefer to start from the beginning. Thanks for the recommendation.
Karen Cherubino
5. kcherubtx
I love Lucy and Sean and can't wait to get into Stolen!
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