The FBI is being blackmailed–if millions of dollars in money demands are not met, murders will take place. With no leads in the case, and the possibility of FBI agents being involved in the crime, the organization turns to ex-agent, current bricklayer, Steve Vail, setting the stage for non-stop action and suspense in Noah Boyd’s debut novel The Bricklayer. Vail had been fired from the FBI due to his personal issues with the bureaucracy and understands that, by asking him to be involved in the case, the bureau is allowing him to operate outside of the rules. He agrees to work closely with Deputy Director Kate Bannon and together they follow the many twists and turns in the case, with a bit of romance developing between them. Vail is a tough, no-nonsense, intelligent hero with unique abilities and a sense of humor. Bannon’s character is equally as intelligent and insightful and they work well together. The plot is action-packed and offers insights into working in a bureaucracy such as the FBI. The Bricklayer is an exciting and tension-filled first novel by Boyd–I am sure we will read more about the adventures of the character Steve Vail in future novels.