This is an action pack novel in which the author makes fiction look like real life. My one dislike is that a lot of the pages are spent on building plot scenes, which can make the reader lose interest.
Peter Emerson Talbott is a graduate from UCLA and a former lieutenant in the Army. He is settling into a new job as a systems designer and software engineer with Symbiotic Software in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company is owned by his brother-in-law Doug. Peter’s wife, Terri died of cancer and since her death he has focused all his energies toward his work. Officially in Columbus, Ohio he was dead – his charred body (so it seems) from a car accident was buried next to his wife. His official death notice was displayed to him by a bounty hunter who was tracking his movements in Boston. After conducting his own investigations, Peter went to Columbus, Ohio to attend both him and his wife's funeral – believe it or not. His investigations lead him to illegal activities. There is a high level federal government conspiracy consisting of the funeral home proprietor, a well-known lawyer, senator and doctor.
Peter had no investigative skills. He used mostly research from a library and his personal charm to seek information and to deter his trackers by making illogical and totally unexpected decisions. He was able to retrieve accounting records of illegal practices in which a well-known lawyer- Ralph Tinkerton had a massive involvement. He finds a friend in Sandy Kasmareck whom he becomes affectionate with. But he is trying hard to overcome the grief of his wife's death.
Pete Talbott is a California native and harried Boston computer wonk still grieving over the death of his wife Terri, when he found himself at the wrong end of Gino Parini's .45 reading his own obituary torn from that morning's newspaper. Talbott figured it was all a big mistake until Parini showed him his wife's obituary too, and this was a mystery Talbott couldn't leave alone. From a funeral home in Indiana, to car chases on the Dan Ryan, a bloody Back Bay townhouse, snipers in New York City's Washington Square, sleazy lawyers, corrupt County sheriffs, mafia hit men, the FBI, an army of Chicago cops, and that unforgettable scene in the upper berth of an Amtrak Train, The Undertaker is a thrill ride with a touch of humor and romance. Someone with a penchant for sharp scalpels and embalming tables is planting bodies under other people's names; and if Talbott doesn't stop them, he and his quirky new girlfriend, Sandy Kasmarek, will be next on the Undertaker's list.