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Reviewed by Lindsay Yocum
Micheal Bevan lived a good life until a tragic accident made him a widower, and he was left grasping for air from being consumed with grief. He was so consumed that he sent his then 6-year-old daughter to live with her grandparents, and while he drowned himself in anything that made him feel better for the time being, he was disbarred from practicing law.
He seemed to get his life together and was running a book store, and was even successful at it. Everything seemed like it was falling into place, even his now 20-year-old daughter was back in town for a visit, (with her famous Hollywood director boyfriend, Bob Langston) and he had high hopes of a reconciliation happening.
After scouring ads in the paper, Mike comes across an ad for a local book auction, in which a very rare Japanese erotica book collection is included. Mike does not want to be outbid by his rival, Gareth Hughes, so they come to an agreement–neither will bid against the other and they will divide the books between them for profit. They are, in fact, very high dollar books and the two men stand to make a pretty penny out of this deal.
Alas, they are outbid by a stranger and instead of letting this stranger take his prize, Gareth pockets two books from the collection without Mike’s knowledge. Annoyed with the loss, and after having a complete throw down of words in a fight with his daughter over her much older boyfriend, Mike heads out to a local pub to nurse his wounds. Little does he know that these wounds are just the tip of the iceberg for him.
Gareth turns up dead the next day, having been beaten to death, and while Mike ponders about what could have possibly happened, his world falls apart when he notices the weapon used to murder Gareth.
Mike is up against Lt. Buford Higgins, a nemesis from his past work as a lawyer, who Mike knows will do anything to nail him for this crime. But can Mike really uncover the truth of what is going on to prove his innocence? Even as more murders arise?
I’ll admit, this book was hard for me to read, although it was extremely well written. I felt it moved incredibly slow in the beginning, and when it started to pick up the pace, I found myself trying to wrap my head around the very dark place this book was taking me into. Some parts were shocking, and others were expected (as most mysteries are). Even though I had a hard time with this book, I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery. The wild ride it took me on was endless. I look forward to reading more from Thomas Shawver.
Lindsay Yocum resides in California with her 5 year old firecracker daughter, Bear, and her hilarious husband. She spends her free time traveling, baking, ruining DIY crafts she finds on Pinterest, and running, when she isn’t nose deep in a book.
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