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The Savior Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 2004
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Kendra Hamilton is a dedicated, goodwill physician who operates the free clinic in the worst area of town. She escapes the streets via education when a local philanthropist funded her studies through medical school. When she learns of her mother's death, she immediately suspects foul play and insists that it is investigated as a homicide. Kendra calls upon her benefactor to use his influence to pull strings in City Hall, thereby angering Detective Marvel for going over his head to investigate a seemingly insignificant drug overdose case as a homicide. Tensions rise and memories are relived when the investigation takes Rich back to the old neighborhood that he so desperately wants to escape and forget. When Kendra's suspicions of murder seem valid, a list of suspects is formed. There is no surprise when the neighborhood's biggest drug dealer, Raymond Smalls, is brought in for questioning. However the plot thickens when Raymond is romantically linked to Kendra, romance also blossoms between Rich and Kendra leading to jealousy between Rich and Ray, and a link is established between the victim and cold case files involving the Chief of Police and pregnant, missing, teenaged runaways.Read more ›
The jacket back would make the reader believe that this is Kendra's story but after more that forty dreary pages of Rich's relationship with socialite Dinah Webster, I wasn't sure whose story this was. Rich Marvel was good looking and ambitious. He became engaged to a woman from a prominent family hoping he'd lose the grime of growing up in The Pit by association. There was no love in his relationship with Dinah and the readers have to read through this excruciatingly boring union until the story picks up with the introduction of Kendra. It was apparent who the killer was by page fifty. The mystery was in the motive. This and the underlying story of sexual tension between Rich and Kendra kept me engaged in the story. But the buildups ended in disappointment for me. By page 100 I was just bored. Page 150---Kendra, frustrated with the lack of interest by the police in going forward on the investigation, begins to do her own sleuthing. When she and Rich finally get together it's like wet fire crackers on the Fourth of July. It was never explained why Luke was so invested in Kendra and the April episodes were written well but distracting.
The author's phrasing is good. The characters were well developed and the story was creative but it lacked punch and was way too long. I look forward to reading future work from Ms. Snowden because she is a good writer. This book just didn't excite me.
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Dr. Kendra Hamilton has returned to mend lives in The Pit, Dunhill County's poorest community. When she receives news that her addict mother has died of an overdose, Kendra... Read morePublished on October 3, 2006 by Greta L. Hudson
The Savior is a mystery/suspense/romance story that involves Dr. Kendra Hamilton, a strong woman whose mother's recent drug-related death has her searching for answers. Read morePublished on November 20, 2004 by BookRemarks