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Dead Witness Paperback – June 28, 2008
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The primary character, Valerie McCormick, will win your heart. Vulnerable and full of self doubt, she is fiercely strong when her family is threatened. And the antagonists, the deadly DeOlmos brothers, are creepy, charming, and gorgeous - enough to make any sane reader get up and lock the doors.
Ms. Butler, a Canadian native, sets her tale in Seattle; Prince George, Canada; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The story races from one place to another, leaving you gasping with its twists and turns. The delightfully complex plot rivals any police story I've read, and the compelling characters far surpass those usually found in genre fiction.
If you like a dynamic read with remarkable characters, get out and buy Dead Witness
Valerie McCormick lives outside of Prince George, British Columbia, and is married to Ed. Together they own a small logging business and are the parents of three daughters, ages 18, 17 and 12. Valerie's girls write a paragraph about their mother for a Mother's Day contest and consequently win her a free two-day trip to Jasper, Vancouver or Seattle.
She chooses the last city at the request of her husband, who in an attempt to woo a new client, wants Valerie to photograph a luxury boat the client is interested in buying, but is too busy to view in-person at the Seattle harbor where the vessel is berthed.
Valerie is on her way to photograph the boat when she witnesses the murder.
Ms. Butler does a great job of quickly establishing what makes Valerie tick and the main problem with which she'll have to contend. Rather than clunk us readers over the head by telling us that Ed is a lout, Ms. Butler instead shows us Valerie's grace and loyalty. She does as her husband asks because he's the father of her three girls and is trying hard to earn the money necessary to keep them safe and happy.
Thus Ms. Butler shows us that above all else, Valerie loves her daughters and will do whatever is necessary to keep them safe.
The question, of course, is how far will she have to go to keep her daughters safe? And thus the story takes off like a shot.
The story also hits upon a unique angle by highlighting the legal and jurisdictional difficulties, obligations and issues surrounding a situation in which a citizen of one country witnesses a crime in another.
Lastly, while Ms. Butler describes many landscapes as the story moves from place to place, from Canada to the U.S. to Mexico, the landscape that's most beautifully rendered is that of the British Columbia countryside.
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Valerie McCormick is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters and wife to Ed. Ed owns a timber business in their home town of Prince George, Canada. In the process of trying to secure the business he runs across a possible client who has his eyes set on a boat docked in Seattle, Washington, so when Valerie wins a trip to Seattle, what better time to take pictures of the boat with hopes of scoring brownie points with the client. But when Valerie witnesses the murder of 2 men she decides she must do her duty and report it to the police. To her relief, the police ended up arresting Miguel DeOlmos on a traffic violation and now had him in jail. To her disappointment, after the American FBI talked her into testifying against DeOlmos, he ends up escaping during his trial. And to make matters worse Miguel DeOlmos is the leader of one of the largest drug cartels in the both North and South America. DeOlmos will stop at nothing to keep from being tried in the US due to its death penalty and it's not beyond him to kill the only witness the FBI have against him.
Author Joylene Nowell Butler took me on a ride from Canada, Seattle, Nevada, California and then to Baja as FBI agent Mike Canaday chases DeOlmos while still doing everything in his power to keep Valerie alive. Valerie comes up with her own ideas of how to capture DeOlmos and ends up in the clutches of his psycho brother Vincente. Dead Witness is a superbly written murder mystery that has everything from greed to murder to deceit and of course love. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading Dead Witness.
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