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Land Sharks: A Swindle in Sumatra Paperback – December 22, 2015
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Suspense, intrigue, mystery, excitement and romance, Land Sharks: A Swindle in Sumatra has it all and more. Lexi is a fraud investigator for an exclusive Beverly Hills bank and the heroine of the story. She is sent on an assignment to Sumatra to bring back a client's rich daughter. Steve is the boss's son and is sent along on the journey to learn from Lexi. As Lexi and Steve arrive in Sumatra and find Karista, the rich daughter, they realize that the task of separating her from Javier, her new boyfriend, will not be easy. It quickly becomes apparent that Javier is a bad guy who has done many bad things and is simply interested in Krista's money and nothing more. Steve and Lexi find themselves in life threatening situations several times. Much to Lexi's surprise, she discovers that Andre, her old boyfriend, is also in Sumatra and may be there intentionally to keep her out of harm's way. There are several twists and turns before the case is concluded and everyone can go back home.
Land Shark is everything it claims to be and more. I read it very quickly because I just couldn't stand the suspense and was really anxious to find out what would happen next. Nancy Raven Smith is a master with words and made the story come alive and the characters very real. This is a must-read book for all mystery, suspense and detective lovers - men, women, young and old. Please do not pass up the chance to read a really well written, exciting story. - Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Pack your bags and don't forget a rain coat. The placeis Sumatra. The season is soon to be Monsoon and the mystery is about to get a whole lot more sit on the edge of your chair exciting in NancyRaven Smith's debut mystery/romance novel, Land Sharks - A Swindle in Sumatra! Alexis ('Lexi') Winslow isn't a cop anymore--at least not in theconventional sense of the definition. While she still has razor sharpskills when it comes to catching the bad guy, she does it on her terms.Her latest feat is to shut down a credit card scam in Beverly Hills, the town where everything glitters and Botox rules. As she surveils theshenanigans of the two-man operation in the swank restaurant,unbeknownst to two-bit Eddie, he is about to get nailed to the wall.After successfully shutting down the operation, little does she know her wealthy boss, Morgan Harrison is about to give her an assignment thatwill take her to the far reaches of Sumatra.
Itseems Morgan's over privileged daughter, Karissa, is missing. What'sworse is her roomie Denise won't be much help in finding her. She'sdead. The only clue to Karissa's whereabouts, according to daddy, is she has left suddenly on holiday to Sumatra of all places with her charming and quite mysterious boyfriend, Javier. Much to Lexi's chagrin, her job title has suddenly shifted from investigating bank fraud to missingpersons and she won't be traveling solo to Sumatra. 'Daddy' Harrison isgrooming his handsome twenty-something son Steve for the business. Lexilearns she will be accompanied by Steve for this trip. Not only does she have to travel to the far reaches of the world to (hopefully) bringHarrison's daughter back safely, but babysitting his son while doing sohas been added to her list of things to do.
Nancy Raven Smith has a strong handle on how to build the perfect balance between mystery and intrigue across the pages of Land Sharks - A Swindle in Sumatra. In this particular genre, it is vitally important to 'deliver the body' within the first handful of pages and ramp the story from there. Notonly does Smith successfully accomplish the task, but whips the storyinto high gear immediately thereafter. Her voice is audible from theonset and main character, Lexi Winslow, is a believable and witty forceto reckon with. The story isn't peppered with useless filler and sillybanter. Rather, the characters are people the reader is able to connectwith early on and the situations that unfold have a natural progressionas the plot develops and the mystery unfolds. Ms. Smith is one to watchon the mystery front. She demonstrates tremendous comfort toward her art of writing a great mystery and I, for one, look forward to her nexttitle. Well done Ms. Smith!
- Reviewed by: Diane Lunsford - The Loudoun Times Mirror Book Reviewer
From the Author
In Land Sharks, Lexi Winslow is a fraud investigator at a private Beverly Hills bank. As a favor to her boss, she's sent to fetch home the daughter of the bank's biggest client. So Lexi's off to Sumatra where the wayward daughter and her latest boyfriend were last seen. She has the added complication of having to take the boss' inexperienced son along for training.
Once Lexi arrives at an isolated resort carved out of the remote Sumatran jungle, Lexi discovers there are more deadly dangers inside the hotel than the crocodiles and head hunters outside. It is a hotel where women check in, but most don't check out.
And of all the places in the world, Lexi runs into her ex-lover, who not only conned his way into her heart, but is always conning someone somewhere. Lexi is determined to find out what is going on and to get everyone out alive.
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