The Green Line

E.C. Diskin
Wells Street Press (2013)
ISBN 9780988890602

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (4/13)

Article first published as Book Review: The Green Line by E.C. Diskin on Blogcritics.

“The Green Line” by E.C. Diskin is riveting.  Abby Donavan, an overworked, goal focused, young attorney mistakenly boards a late night train on The Green Line headed in the direction of Chicago’s west side.  This one small mistake turns her dream of becoming a partner in the prestigious law firm to a nightmare of violence, drugs, gangs, and danger. 

Abby is soon enmeshed in a cycle of fear, risk, and panic as she feels duty-bound to investigate the events that follow her dark night of terror. The train fiasco, flight from a gang of young thugs, her discovery of a murder victim, witness to a mugging, being chased through the roughest streets of Chicago’s west side, and the realization that she is being watched by someone determined to silence her.

Inspired by the writing of John Grisham and Michael Crichton; Diskin incorporates their writing styles and draws from her own experience as a Chicago attorney, and her years of residency in Chicago in her first novel, “The Green Line.”

Diskin’s writing is fast paced, carefully researched, and driven by a complex plot, filled with non-stop suspense, and page turning action. I found myself identifying with Abby, looking over my shoulder in paranoia uncertain and suspicious of each new character, as they added new trauma and drama to the mounting crisis she faced.

Diskin shows a depth of understanding in Police procedures, and laws relating to individual rights, insight into the underlying motivation of individuals that protect those rights and the evil nature of those driven by greed who abuse them.

The fast action, plot driven storyline, and clearly defined characters assure the award-winning success of “The Green Line” by E.C. Diskin, the cinema potential, and the open door for a sequel or series. 

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