Published by : Alibi
In Richard H. Weber’s passionate new thriller, a smoldering mystery ignites on a tropical island as lust, murder, and politics collide.
San Iñigo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals. For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San Iñigo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.
Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner—even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S. cultural attaché. But soon he discovers that nothing on San Iñigo is without consequence. When a much-loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off, Dan’s lover becomes a suspect. And not long after his foray into espionage, he’s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness.
Buffeted by aggression, depraved ritual, and personal betrayal, Dan discovers fierce truths about San Iñigo . . . and himself. In the island’s forbidding mountain jungle, his life goes up in flames—a deadly inferno that will forever change him, if he survives at all.
While in paradise, the beautiful San Inigo, Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity. Unfortunately, he also stumbles upon a murder which exposes some shady dealings. Drawn in by a seductive woman, he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest. Will he be the next victim?
Most of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway. For Dan, the toxic beauty of the island, and a sexy woman, become his downfall. Corruption is around every corner, and he seems pulled in by all of it. Murder is only the tip of the iceberg.
What I thought would be an interesting murder mystery, turned into a commentary on political strife and corruption. Ultimately, Dan wasn't just facing an intense police department threatening to name him a suspect or collaborator; he ended up caught in a much more dangerous political storm. Most of it comes at the hand of a manipulative woman. Still, there's redemption.
The storyline and intrigue pulled me in early on, and the characters were complex and memorable. However, somewhere in the middle, I felt lost thanks to the switch from who-done-it to political thriller. By the end, I reconnected. I just wish the transition would have been smoother.
That being said, the author created an intense thrill ride with palpable moments. I can honestly say there wasn't a moment where I was bored or disinterested, just slightly confused. Overall, a captivating read.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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About the Author
Richard Hilary Weber, a native of Brooklyn and a Columbia University graduate, has taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers. He lives in Provence, France.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.
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