BOOK REVIEW: WARRIOR IN THE SHADOWS
Wynne's paperback original is an intriguing combination of police procedural and psychological thriller. Charley Payne used to work for the CIA as an undercover operative. Finally having had his fill of the danger, intrigue, and political maneuvering, he has moved to the twin cities of Minnesota and found a satisfying position as a police photographer.
His good friend, Bobby Lee Martaine, works as a homicide cop in the Twin Cities. A series of horrific murders with unsettling crime scenes sends the two men to a university researcher and student of primitive art for assistance in deciphering the enigmatic and gruesome messages left behind by the killer.
At that point, the tale deepens into an examination of the psychic connections between the hunter and the hunted, the expert and the practioner, and between the warriors on opposing sides. Wynne's acknowledgements include mention of the source of the concepts he relies on to build the tension as we follow the hunt from Minnesota to the northern areas of Australia and the remote areas of the bush country.
The ancient traditions and beliefs of the Aborigine people of Australia holds the clues Charley needs to bring his quarry down. Just when it seems that these traditions are used solely for cruelty and evil, other believers who have a gentler approach and who also seek justice become part of the story.
Not every motivation for the murders is made clear, but as the chase intensifies and the nooses tighten, readers who enjoy adventure as well as those who look for psychological suspense will all enjoy the ride.
REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK
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