The FBI office in Erie, Pennsylvania is neither a very busy nor an exciting place for recent graduate Norah Khalil, especially after having spent four years in her native Philadelphia as a cop. While the department is engaged in trying to gather information to indict a purveyor of child pornography, a large annual motorcycle gathering is occurring in Erie called the “Roar on the Shore.” With the streets filled with bikers and their motorcycles, a group of bikers rob the downtown bank, murder an innocent, and escape on motorcycles through the morass of people, making no effort to hide their identity. This crime results in placement of Erie in the middle of national news, which is followed by threats and demands from a domestic terrorist group trying to evoke a nation-wide revolution. As Nora and the fellow members of the FBI and sheriffs try to resolve the case they discover a seeming puzzle in the demands that has a timeline sequentially resulting in devastating events. They find themselves in a struggle to solve the multiple crimes as the city is descending into chaos.
The main character of this novel is Norah Khalil, a woman of Egyptian heritage, who is strong, independent, smart, quick to act, and courageous. The character and scene creation are provided by snippets of description instead of ponderous detail, which allows the story to move along as you fill in the details. This is an exciting, topical thriller/mystery one can read in a day or two and have a good time.
This historical mystery involves famous writers Byron, Shelley, Mary Shelley, and her stepsister Claire Clairmont. The story is told by Clair, the last surviving person in this small group of writers, as she tries her best to keep afloat until [...]
Diane A.S. Stuckart’s cozy new mystery, Fool’s Moon: A Tarot Cats Mystery, is a tale of murder, tarot card reading, suspense, as well as investigative sleuthing with the help of two black cats and a loveable pit bull. Ruby Sparks is now managing [...]
This novel arose out of public outcry over a proposal to open a copper mine in the headwaters of the Smith River in central Montana. A 59 mile stretch of this beautiful river, often described as “a cathedral” of nature, is part of a Montana [...]