After enjoying Scorpion, the first novella in the Group Fifteen Files, the new Mark Dawson series, I got myself the second book as well right away.
The first book focused on John Milton during his time with the Group Fifteen before he went solo in his own series. Now, in Witness X we meet Byran Duffy, another dangerous Group Fifteen operator, Agent 12, whom we previously met in Blood Moon, a Beatrix Rose book.
The book starts with Bryan being on a forced leave due to him being part of a government scandal. When a woman is found murdered and face was bashed beyond recognition, Group 15 gets involved. All they know was that the responsible ones are some North Korean hitmen. This is when Group Fifteen realize that they needed to bring Bryan back from retirement because he is the only one who can find the woman’s assailant.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about Duffy and by the end of the book, I was really hoping that there would be more books featuring him. I wouldn’t even mind having an entire series with Bryan Duffy the way we have one with John Milton.
The story is action-packed, just the way all Mark Dawson books are. This new series is co-authored with Scott Mariani, however, I didn’t find any deviation from Mark Dawson’s engaging style of writing.
Also, the fact that the entire Group Fifteen Files series includes novellas doesn’t bother me at all. So far both books are well-fleshed out and the stories are contained within, with a beginning, plot, and a clever closing, just like any other full-length novel would be.
Both books were published close to each other, so I’m hoping a third book is in the works as well. In the meantime, we can all soon delight in a new Isabella Rose novel which will be soon published with the title The Assassin.