Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Devils Island-Carl Brookins

Devils Island
Carl Brookins
Echelon, 2009, $13.99
ISBN: 9781590806432

In Seattle, business delays Michael Tanner from joining his wife Mary Whitney sailing in Lake Superior. Michael is worried for her safety partly because a few years earlier his beloved first wife and her sister were killed in a boating incident and more so because he fears her wealthy ex husband Edwin Tobias is dangerous. Still she is a terrific sailor and unafraid goes ahead with the trip.

Meanwhile as Michael completes his business anxious to get to Wisconsin and his spouse, his belief re Edwin proves accurate. Edwin has stalked Mary from a distance off British Columbia and now Lake Superior waiting for the moment to abduct his former spouse. No one walks out on Edwin Tobias and he knows the time has arrived as Mary and a new friend Liz sail the Apostle Islands when the two women stop at Devils Island.

The latest Tanner –Whitney thriller (see the vividly descriptive A Superior Mystery and Inner Passages) is a superb who-done-it starring a beleaguered heroine as Mary is the prime star on the return to Lake Superior. The story line is straightforward in terms of the stalker and his prey yet Carl Brookins enhances the plot with his save the pristine environment message without preaching. Fans will enjoy this exciting entry as Edwin comes back for his wife.

Harriet Klausner

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