by Dennis D. Wilson
on Tour October 1-31, 2017
Chicago cop Dean Wister takes a forced vacation when he is on the brink of a breakdown after the death of his wife. During his summer solstice in Jackson Hole, where he met her years before, he is called in to consult by local police when a notorious Chicago mobster is found dead in the Snake River. Dean's investigation threatens to uncover the secrets of a group of memorable suspects, ranging from rich tycoons to modern day cowboys, and threatens to derail the Presidential prospects of the Senator from Wyoming. As Dean follows the leads from Wyoming to Chicago to Washington D.C., he also struggles to cope with the personal loss that threatens his mental stability, as the nocturnal visits from his deceased wife suppress his will to let her go and make him question his purpose in life. The climactic scenes contain reveals the reader will never see coming. A funny, romantic, sexy, roller coaster thriller.
This is a good novel of corrupt politics, sexual scandal, money laundering, human trafficking, gangster murders, and more. Unfortunately, reading this novel was almost like reading the daily newspaper. It really made me wonder about what all goes on behind the political scene.
The plot was complex but well crafted. I did have a little trouble with Wilson's writing style. He is lengthy in scene description and construction. I have to admit, I skimmed over some of it. He also introduces a large number of characters and gives lots of background on each one of them. I think some of the secondary characters could have had much less written about them. I also thought the idea of a ghost was odd. This type of fiction, political and gangster intrigue, should be believable. The idea of a ghost made it less so.
The aspect of the novel I liked the least was the sex scenes and the sexual connotations. The opening scene seemed to be one to shock the readers. It did this reader. I know sexual scandal was a big part of the plot but I would have liked the novel more if some of the sex scenes had been toned down, especially those at the beginning and the end. Perhaps male readers would like the sexual emphasis much more than this female reader did.
This novel would be appreciated by readers who like long scene descriptions, aren't bothered by descriptive sex scenes and body parts, and don't mind a ghost hanging around.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Water Street Press
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-1-62134-330-1 (ASIN: B01N682LXW)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
After a career working in an international consulting firm and as a financial executive with two public companies, Dennis D. Wilson returns to the roots he established as a high school literature and writing teacher at the beginning of his career. For his debut novel, he draws upon his experiences from his hometown of Chicago, his years living, working, hiking and climbing in Jackson Hole, and secrets gleaned from time spent in corporate boardrooms to craft a political crime thriller straight from today's headlines. Dennis lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Paula and Black Lab Jenny, but spends as much time as he can looking for adventure in the mountains and riding his motorcycle.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy in this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.