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Tahoe Silence (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller Book 5) by [Todd Borg]

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When Charlie and his sister SalAnne "Silence" Ramirez disappear from their front lawn, their mother, Marlette, cries "kidnap" to the local police, and when they don't take her seriously, she turns to former cop turned private eye Owen McKenna. Silence has autism, which manifests itself in ways both typical and unique: she's an obsessive artist who is never seen without her sketchbook, she doesn't speak (hence her nickname), she doesn't like to touch or be touched, and she finds comfort in spinning in place. In fact, she was spinning when a biker gang approached and absconded with her. Thanks to Silence's own sketches, McKenna learns the identity of the bikers and determines that their leader believes in an ancient Aztec ritual, which suggests the horrible fate that could be in store for the kidnapped kids. McKenna and his Great Dane, Spot, make a wonderful investigative duo, and the Tahoe atmosphere comes through loud and clear. Another exciting entry into this too-little-known series. Mary Frances Wilkens
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There's little to distinguish the predictable fifth Owen McKenna novel (after 2004's Tahoe Killshot) from countless similar contemporary thrillers. McKenna, a San Francisco police inspector turned Tahoe PI, struggles to maintain his sanity in the face of traumatic memories of a case involving a murdered child. Those demons threaten to resurface when he's hired by Marlette Remmick to find her teenage children, who were abducted by a notorious biker gang. When Marlette's son, Charlie, is found dead, she further pressures McKenna to locate her autistic daughter SalAnne, known as Silence for her inability to speak. McKenna finds coded messages and drawings from Silence and struggles to interpret them as the tension rises. The predictable plot offers nothing new, and McKenna himself is insufficiently engaging to attract a wide readership.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004TNIRWW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thriller Press (August 1, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 1, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 570 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 245 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 357 ratings

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Special note: Borg recently served as Toastmaster at the national Left Coast Crime convention. Past toastmasters include Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Rick Riordan, Nevada Barr, James Lee Burke.

*UPDATE: As of June 2021, Borg's books have over 16,000 Reviews and Ratings on Amazon and Goodreads at an average of 4.6 stars.

Tahoe local Todd Borg is the author of the Tahoe Mystery series, which feature Owen McKenna, a former homicide inspector from the San Francisco PD. As the books open, McKenna has quit the police department and moved up to Tahoe to be a private investigator. Like a lot of fictional detectives, McKenna has a sidekick, only his is a 170-pound Harlequin Great Dane named Spot.

Other regular characters include Owen's girlfriend Street Casey, an entomologist who does forensic consulting on his cases, and Owen's best buddy, Diamond Martinez, a naturalized citizen from Mexico who is a sergeant with a local county Sheriff's Office.

Borg's books are fun fast reads with a lot of action. They've gotten great reviews coast-to-coast, including a starred review in Library Journal. They've won awards like the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, been chosen by Library Journal as one of the Top 5 Mysteries of the Year and more. But the main reason to check them out is that they are entertaining reads with intelligent stories. The recurring characters will become your friends. Spot will become one of your favorite dogs. You'll love visiting Tahoe from your armchair. And the bad guys will make you... well, let's just say you will despise them.

The order of the books is not critical. You can start with any title, and you won't feel that you're missing important information. In fact, Borg recommends starting with the most recent title, Tahoe Hit. (Authors like to think that they tell grander, more complex, and more nuanced stories as time goes by.) However, there are some readers who think the books should be read in the order they were written in order to reveal important character development. For those who are sticklers for continuity, here goes:

1 Tahoe Deathfall

2 Tahoe Blowup

3 Tahoe Ice Grave

4 Tahoe Killshot

5 Tahoe Silence

6 Tahoe Avalanche

7 Tahoe Night

8 Tahoe Heat

9 Tahoe Hijack

10 Tahoe Trap

11 Tahoe Chase

12 Tahoe Ghost Boat

13 Tahoe Blue Fire

14 Tahoe Dark

15 Tahoe Payback

16 Tahoe Skydrop

17 Tahoe Deep

18 Tahoe Hit

19 Tahoe Jade

20 Tahoe Moon

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