The Hour Of Predators by Lane Stark
Genre: Crime thriller
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
When two vicious and bloody ritualistic murders shock the remote, isolated village of Bella Coola, Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Marcus Chao is sent out to investigate. All evidence point towards a young Native American lad but as Chao delves deeper, he finds a web of bigotry, racism and intrigue hiding below the surface of this tight knit community. Simultaneously dealing with his ex-wife, who is helping with the case and with whom relations are only now starting to rekindle, Chao begins wondering if perhaps this time he has
bitten off more than he can chew....especially when the case begins to focus around a local femme fatale!
I have had a long affinity with the RCMP ever since I first read and enjoyed Canadian author Michael Slade’s Special X novels, but the presence of the Mounties in crime fiction has always seemed a little bit scarce. With that in mind, I was looking forward to reading this and
getting a different perspective of this highly organized Police force; arguably one of the best in the world. Thankfully, I am pleased to report, that what we get here is a highly competent and enjoyable thriller.
The plot keeps you guessing, the characters are well developed and there is a lot here to really enjoy. This book seemed very well written and certainly had enough twists to keep even the keenest mind guessing where it was going. Is there enough here to build a series around? I am not sure but certainly this book had a lot of potential and was definitely good enough for me to give it a rating of four stars. Would I read more investigations by Marcus Chao and his RCMP team? You know what, I think I probably would because this is a rare thing; a crime thriller that actually manages to avoid many of the usual conventions and offers a very unique and original story with just the right amount of gripping twists and turns.
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