I’m about halfway though “The Bricklayer” now and, so far, I’ve been finding it a very easy book to read. Being written by an author with genuine FBI experience should give it a degree of authenticity, but the characters are colourful and larger than life so it’s tricky to take the plot with anything other than a fistful of salt. Having not been in the FBI myself, I suppose I can’t say what is realistic and what isn’t. The book hasn’t broken any moulds so far, but that’s by no means a bad thing. It probably suffers from comparisons to other similar thrillers, but life’s short and this is a quick action fix that will lift a grey weekend.