Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
The Heir by Paul Robertson
"Think drag racing. Robertson slammed his foot on the accelerator and the G-force kept me pinned to the chair until I closed the cover."
Jason Boyer was born filthy stinkin’ rich. Life was his playground. An allowance of a few million a year was enough to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Enough that Jason didn’t mind his father intended to bequeath a billion dollar empire to a foundation. Millions were manageable. Billions…
When the senior Boyer is killed in a freak auto accident, the reading of the will sends shockwaves through the Boyer family. Jason discovers he’s the sole heir! At first Jason wants nothing to do with his inheritance, but pressure from his wife, brother and new business colleagues convinces him to occupy his father’s desk.
Overnight, a million-dollar income isn’t enough. Katie Boyer doesn’t waste any time spending her husband’s fortune. When Jason’s conscience prods him to right the wrongs of his father’s business dealings, his wife becomes one of his greatest opponents.
Money has power. That conscience quiets as Jason becomes the center of his universe. Being obscenely rich isn’t so bad. At first. Dirty politics and upcoming national elections force the young heir to choose between good and evil.
Details surrounding his father’s death point to murder. Jason digs for answers while more people die. When he begins exploring the possibility of an inside job, Jason finds himself in the position of the accused. Will he survive long enough to clear his name and find the killer? Will the decades of prayer by an elderly secretary finally be answered?
Paul Robertson put me, a woman who thinks 20 bucks is a LOT of money, into the head of a man with a bank account rivaling that of Bill Gates. Jason Boyer’s world is as foreign to me as the terrain on Uranus! I was skeptical at first. I have little sympathy for rich people and their “problems”. Robertson surprised me by making me care about Jason Boyer. I eagerly suspended my disbelief to walk in shoes I’ll never get to try on in real life.
It took me a while to engage in the world of the Boyers but as I read farther into the book, I stayed up later and later.
Think drag racing. Robertson slammed his foot on the accelerator and the G-force kept me pinned to the chair until I closed the cover. New plot twists are revealed in a blur, more people die. Red herrings whiz through the air. I couldn’t figure out who the killer was. That’s a big deal. I’m disappointed if a mystery is too easy to solve.
The Heir made me appreciate the simple life I live. I’m thankful in many ways I don’t have the overwhelming burden of wealth like the Boyer family. Wealth without God is ugly. Jason set out to do what’s right, but greed wrapped its tentacles around him, drawing him deeper and deeper into the darkness.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.