Book Review: “Shadows In The Fog” by Greg Messel

January 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Greg Messel in his new book, “Shadows In The Fog book coverShadows In The Fog” Book Five in the Sam Slater Mysteries series published by the author gives us another adventure with Sam Slater and Amelia Ryan.

From the back cover:   Private Eye Sam Slater is hired to perform what he thinks is a routine two-day job as a favor for a friend. However, it all goes terribly wrong when a young San Francisco policeman is gunned down while sitting in a parked car with Sam.

The murder sets off a chain of events which will pull Sam and his wife and partner, Amelia, into a dangerous web of intrigue in the dark, shadowy alleys and back rooms of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

In the winter of 1959, Amelia resigns as a TWA stewardess and is now Sam’s full time partner in the private eye business.

Sam and Amelia inadvertently come in conflict with the San Francisco mob boss after helping a crusading newspaper reporter who is working to expose corruption in Chinatown. Now a mysterious dark car follows the Slaters every where they go. Sam and Amelia discover a hidden world of corrupt cops, gambling parlors, brothels and human trafficking exists right under their noses.

At the same time, a rising California politician hires Sam and Amelia to find his daughter who disappeared without a trace three years earlier. The search is prompted by the sudden appearance of a letter from the woman, who was presumed dead.

As Sam and Amelia pursue these cases, they discover that all the clues lead them back to Chinatown. The Slaters want to avoid taking on the San Francisco crime lords head-on. However, when Amelia is kidnapped in an alley during the Chinese New Year’s celebration, Sam plunges himself into danger desperately searching Chinatown to find her before it’s too late.

The reader will be drawn into fast moving events which culminate in a harrowing conclusion as Sam Slater races against the clock on a foggy night in Chinatown.

Shadows In The Fog is the fifth book in the the award winning Sam Slater Mysteries Series but is a stand-alone thriller in the tradition of great whodunits.

The fog heightens sound and limits visibility while shadows distort reality. So all total a walk in the fog can be a frightening experience. It was just a routine case nothing to it then there was a murder and a crime lord was involved. Sam and Amelia are hunting all over Chinatown to find out what is going on. Amelia is kidnapped and Sam is desperate to get her back. There are drugs, prostitution and human trafficking involved and we haven’t even begin to talk about the three year old missing person case they signed up for. Greg Messel uses all of this and more in this fifth outing for Sam and Amelia to give us an adventure that really gets our pulses beating. “Shadows In The Fog” is a wild ride that will keep you guessing every step of the way. I am glad I found this talented author and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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