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Snare (Inola Walela/Steven Hawk Suspense Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 21, 2010
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"White-knuckle suspense at an electrifying pulse." - Suspense Magazine
"Ledford, who is part Cherokee, shows enormous empathy and insight. Despite many obstacles Katina battles her demons and reclaims her spirit power in time to confront her tormentors in a harrowing finale. SNARE is a well-deserved nominee for the Hillerman Sky Award." -Steve Schwartz, Poisoned Pen Bookstore Review
"SNARE is a gripping read that won't be easy to put down." -Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist - Nominated for the Best Mystery that captures the landscape of the Southwest.Finalist for the NM-AZ Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category.
2014 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Audio Book, CRESCENDO - book three from the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela suspense thriller series. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Because of her mother's violent death, Katina has always been reclusive, afraid to sing in front of an audience. Just as she agrees to come out of the shadows and perform live, she becomes aware of the chilling letters, which her manager, Petra, has been keeping a secret. How can Katina perform before a crowd, leaving herself vulnerable, when somebody may be out to kill her?
Deborah J. Ledford builds a multi-layered tale, with well-defined characters reflective of their background. Katina's protector, Deputy Steven Hawk, is a smart lawman, but also a down-to-earth country boy from the Great Smoky Mountains. Paying hommage to her own ethnic background, Ms. Ledford describes life on the Taos Pueblo with details that show the extensive research she has put into "Snare." The Native American characters, from Katina and her Aunt Sylvie, to the chain-smoking elder, Albert, are expertly defined. And Katina's father, recently released from prison for his wife's murder, is downright frightening.
"Snare" is the second installment of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series. Let's hope the third book will be debuting soon.
After convincing her twenty-three-year-old Native American signing sensation she owes her fans a live concert, business manager Petra Sullivan hand-picks a small theater in North Carolina so Katina can debut in a nonthreatening environment.
However, before they leave for the Great Smoky Mountains, Katina discovers that Petra has been hiding threatening fan mail from her. Both overprotective and nurturing, Petra is the mother Katina was never allowed to have. Katina asks if the series of letters is coming from the father she wants to forget.
While Petra maintains the nasty letters are simply a nuisance downside of being famous, Katina is less certain, and wonders what else Petra has been keeping from her. The concert goes forward as scheduled because, as Petra tells Katina, "you can't hide out forever." Plus, Katina's safety is a top priority through the efforts of the sheriff's point man on the security detail, Deputy Steven Hawk. Hawk also appeared in Ledford's stunning debut novel "Staccato" (Second Wind Publishing, 2009).
The concert appears to be a triumph until Katina is attacked by a shadowy man in the audience who escapes leaving few clues behind. Katina thinks she knows who it was. Hawk thinks he is responsible for the security lapse. Together, they plan to ensnare the perpetrator. Against the advice of Petra, Hawk's girl friend and sheriff's department colleague, Inola, and veteran officer Kenneth Stiles, they fly to the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico where Katina's past lies hidden.
In "Snare," Ledford brings her readers a novel of contrasts: Katina's horrible childhood vs. a successful recording career, people who can be trusted vs. those who follow their own agendas, Native American beliefs vs. mainstream spiritual viewpoints, and the lush beauty western North Carolina vs. the stark beauty of central New Mexico. "Snare" has been nominated for a Hillerman Sky Award, an honor presented to the mystery that best captures the landscape of the Southwest.
While "Snare" does not quite match the bone-chilling punch of "Staccato," it excels in other ways with deeper character development, a realistic presentation of Native American society and beliefs, and the role of family and friends in the choices one makes. By no means legato, "Snare" provides an ever-tightening story with a realistic, satisfying and unpredictable conclusion
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