Title: Hour of Predators
Author: Lane Stark
Publish Date: November 2011
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About the Book:
Two gruesome murders have shocked and divided the community of Bella Coola, a small, isolated village in a remote river valley on the coast of British Columbia. The evidence points to a teenaged Nuxalk boy, and the simmering tension between whites and tribe members heats up. RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao must sort through misleading clues, cultural conflicts, tangled relationships, sexual scandals, and even rumors of sorcery to find the truth.
Marcus is a man whose life has skidded into remorse and misery. His own infidelity has ended his marriage to the woman he still loves, and now he finds himself with only two things to keep his sinking spirits afloat: the need to serve justice and his eternal fascination with solving the puzzle of the crime. This latest puzzle, however, is proving to be a maze of intrigue, and his mettle as well as his principles will be tested.
This was an excellent mystery book. I chose to read this book at a time when I wanted more mysteries to review, and not just cozy mysteries. In the beginning of the book, there were a lot of characters to try and remember. However, as I kept reading, it all came together. So while this wasn’t a quick page turner due to ease of reading, as it did require a lot of attention and thought, I did want to turn the pages quickly to learn what and why things had happened.
The Nuxalk was an Indian tribe I had never heard of before and a lot of the information used in the story was very interesting. The author has obviously done his research to effectively use the details in the story. I also enjoyed the personal story told alongside the crime story. Marcus Chao was a great investigator and romantic. All of the characters were greatly developed and how they wove between one another. The links kept appearing on each page, not only with the crime, but with the relationships.
I would highly recommend this book to all readers of mystery, especially if you like a mystery that involves a lot of thought.