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The Lynchpin

Special Agent Drew Cady is on the mend, both physically and emotionally, as he works on the FBI’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force in Minneapolis. Chasing white collar criminals is a far cry from hunting serial killers and Cady basks in the glow of his newer, more laid-back lifestyle, that is, until a young woman’s body possessing a most-disturbing characteristic is pulled from Lake Superior. And if being ordered to investigate this case isn’t bad enough, Cady’s former boss—Assistant Director Roland Jund—has killed a fellow agent and stands accused of being a spy. Now Agent Cady must draw upon every last bit of experience he has to clear his friend’s name while at the same time ensuring that no more innocent lives are extinguished by a sadistic killer with a taste for blood.

The Lynchpin is at a bookstore near you . . . .

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Jeffrey B. Burton has woven these twin plots, the investigation of a series of sadistic serial killings and of a spy ring featuring senior FBI and CIA operatives, into a gripping thriller.

The fact remains that Drew Cady is an engaging character with a fine investigative nose.

—Nicola Mira, Thriller Books Journal

The plot moves quickly, containing enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. Those who like their protagonists flawed will like Cady, who is tough, but caring, and struggling to have a solid relationship with his fiancee.

Terry Ambrose, San Diego Fiction Examiner, Examiner.com

Another stellar thriller starring FBI Agent Drew Cady.

The trail of the Lynchpin will drag Cady into the bowels and boardrooms of the FBI and CIA where he is both despised and admired for his take no prisoners attitude. Burton weaves an intricate plot of espionage, murder, and greed that is a great combination of Grisham and Baldacci. The Lynchpin will keep you spellbound late into the night while you follow Agent Cady as he attempts to unearth the true mole.

Burton has raised his game with The Lynchpin. The Agent Drew Cady series is one you will want to follow.

—JM LeDuc, Suspense Magazine

The Lynchpin is a dream read for fans of stories that start fast and move, rapid fire, toward their conclusion.

The Lynchpin's settings glide easily back and forth between Minnesota and D.C., transitions sure to cripple a less facile writer. But Burton's plot is smooth. His prose is nimble, and his characters - from Cady, to the frightenly poetic "blond man," to a very twisted killer - are all well and uniquely drawn.

The Lynchpin starts, rises and crests - then starts over once again. If there were such a subcategory as a "two in one" in the suspense and serial killer genres, this book is it. Prose 'n Cons editors read it in one day. Even if it's not your job to read books, though, you'll have a hard time putting The Lynchpin down until you've reached the end.

—Prose 'n Cons Mystery Magazine

An enjoyable fast paced read. Excellent. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 5.

—Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt., Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM)

A chess game of high order, and perfect for genre readers who want much more than either standard thrillers or murder mysteries tend to offer.

—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The beginning of Jeffrey B. Burton’s novel The Lynchpin offers right up front the research and skill the author is bringing to the reader. By chapter three you are hooked—hook, line and sinker—and there’s no wiggling off this hook. Burton lands you gasping for air and wanting more.

—D.J. Adamson (author of the Lillian Dove Mystery Series), Le Coeur de l’Artisté

Another fast-paced and compelling thriller.

—M.K. Graff (author of The Blue Virgin, 2013 Best British Cozy winner), Auntie M Writes

An exciting and fresh serial killer thriller that offers new mystery and action at every turn of a page.

You'll never want to put this novel down.

Next Page Reviews

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. The Lynchpin is an exciting, inventive and highly realistic read that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. I simply cannot recommend it any more highly. Five Stars.

Readers Favorite

I was hooked by the second or third page of this well-written mystery. Hard to put down.

—BookLoons

An intriguing, thought provoking novel that kept me on my toes. Four Stars.

Pure Jonel, Confessions of a Bibliophile

The storyline is complex and the characters are well drawn – all of which will keep readers turning pages.

Mysterical-E (a literary journal of mystery and the mysterious)

After years at the sharp end of the FBI’s investigation division, Drew Cady has suffered serious physical and mental trauma, and he has been moved upstairs to work part-time in the calmer environment of the Bureau’s fraud section in Minnesota. As he helps his fiancée with her hospitality business he is starting to put his black days behind him, but then a woman’s body washes up on the shore of Lake Superior, and Cady’s Washington bosses insist that he return to full operational duty and try to catch the killer. His days of peace and quiet are well and truly over, because in addition to hunting the Lake Superior killer, Cady must try to save his best friend, who is is suspected of treason and murder.

—Crime Fiction Lover (On the Radar blurb)




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