Ninety-Five by Lisa Towles

You may not be old enough for this reference but – remember books from the 70s that tried to explain drug-induced trips?  Well this book has that feeling.  With the main character experiencing drugs where reality and fantasy clash and the reader is left wondering, as is the main character, what is real.  It took me a little while to get into this book and realize what was happening, but once I realized the story is not so much the characters as the circumstances, I was along for the ride.  The author did a good job of keeping me engaged until almost halfway in, when the real plot emerges.  Not allowing much to help get to know Zak, a student turned paranoid (with good reason), turned into a rewarding challenge.

Keep an open mind and just go along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Troubled University of Chicago student, Zak Skinner, accidentally uncovers evidence of an on-campus, organized crime scam involving drugging students, getting them to commit crimes on camera, and blackmailing them to continue under the threat of expulsion. Digging deeper, Zak discovers that the university scam is just the tip of the iceberg, as it’s connected to a broader ring of crimes linked to a darkweb underworld. Following clues, Zak is led to a compound within Chicago’s abandoned Steelworker Park, only to discover that he’s being hunted. While trying to find his way out alive, Zak discovers there’s something much more personal he’s been running from – his past. And now there’s nowhere to hide.

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