Book Review: The Short Drop, a Conspiracy Thriller by Matthew FitzSimmons

The Bottom Line: A jaw-dropping conspiracy thriller layered in shocking political intrigue that you won’t soon forget.

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

The Short Drop book coverFor legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago.

Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team.

With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

For those who might be put off by the book’s slow start, I urge you to stick with it. It may seem like just another mystery about an unsolved disappearance,  but patience pays off hugely for readers that get past the book’s first 100 pages.


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