Karen Wiesner & Chris Spindler
Absorbing Read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
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Stephan Kelley, adoption case
representative for the Second Chance Adoption Agency faces a
difficult decision when seventeen year old Taaya Savic gives
birth to twins. Kelley does have two couples who would each like
one child, neither wants to take responsibility for two. The
wealthy DeMazzinos are offered the frail, weaker twin who Kelley
feels will need more attention, and possible health care than
the stronger girl taken to Jane and Elmo Bronston.
Twenty one years later in the
sleepy little, population maybe 8,000, Wisconsin town Falcon's
Bend, Andre Trelawney and his odd assortment of wife, dancers
and cohorts appear. Trelawney opens a classy gentleman's club
where Lacey, Teresa, Cherry, Deidre, Sugar and Vanessa perform.
When Teresa's body is found hidden under a bridge in Witmer Park
local Falcon's Bend by local eleven year old Davy York thirty
year police veteran Dennis Lambert the local detective force
begins the investigation into her death. Lt. Pete Shasta and
his partner Danny Vincent, a former NYC cop, begin unraveling
the strange circumstances surrounding Trelawney and his associates.
Following the murder of a second dancer and disappearance of
a third the already worrisome case takes on an aura of terrifying
proportions. Shasta knows he must find the culprit soon before
the murderer strikes again.
Writers Wiesner and Spindler
have done an commendable job in this their first of the Falcon's
Bend Series. Fixation, machination, intrigue and artifice abound
in this provocative, skillfully wrought tale filled with resentfulness,
malice, passion and envy. "Degrees of Separation" is
a fast paced page turner peopled with enigmatic characters, obsession
and a pleasantly puzzling story line that holds the reader mesmerized
from the opening lines of the epilogue right down to the last
paragraphs. We follow Shasta and Vincent on their mad dash to
ensure the murderous culprit is stopped before any more deaths
A picturesque mélange
of striking, engaging characters filled with a veritable flood
of impetus, quick moving plot, apprehension, taut and at times
gritty dialogue, ruthless passion, obsession, a peek into the
dark depths of the human psyche, "Degrees of Separation"
has it all. Capturing the helplessness felt by those least able
to defend themselves against the machination welded by a tyrant
the writers carry the reader along to a satisfying conclusion
in this powerful read.
"Degrees of Separation"
is not for everyone, some graphic although not gratuitous scenes,
not for the faint of heart. A good book for those who take pleasure
from a long lazy afternoon set aside for enjoying a compelling
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.