- Series: An Allison Coil Mystery (Book 3)
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Midnight Ink (November 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738741647
- ISBN-13: 978-0738741642
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This murder mystery has two things I love: a Western setting and two strong plots that coincide. Trapline by Mark Stevens also has two amateur sleuths who fit all of my criteria. They are strong characters who are competent in their fields, hunting guide and reporter, and as such they have license and the means to snoop ... (Stevens) is as good at writing action sequences as he is when emotions are at work. Stevens has a clean style and keeps the plot moving in this, his third mystery in the Allison Coil series." - Albuquerque Free Press
"Allison's third adventure (Buried by the Roan, 2011, etc.) combines a loving portrait of a beautiful area with an ugly, all-too-believable conspiracy that could have been ripped from today's headlines." - Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Mark Stevens (Denver, CO) worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, The Denver Post, and Denver Public Schools. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America and the Colorado Authors League.
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As Allison inspects the scene where the body is discovered she senses that something just does not seem right and so begins her quest to find out what really happened that day. Meanwhile, Duncan Bloom a reporter for the local newspaper, takes it upon himself to investigate the shooting of the senatorial candidate. These two seemingly unrelated events take place within a the framework of the overall issue of illegal immigration into this country. A third character named Trudy, owner of a health food company, also becomes involved in the story while there is no police involvement whatsoever other a series of phone calls between the report and dufus of a cop that are laughable.
If you are looking for an outdoor mystery you will not find it here but rather endless internet searches and senseless conclusions drawn by these three characters. The authors writing style is clumsy and the dialogue is ridiculous to the extreme as are the absurd metaphors and descriptions of events. Time and again the reader runs across a phrase or sentence that makes absolutely no sense given the context of what is going on. I must admit that i scan read the last fifty pages or so when i found the lead up to the conclusion impossible to follow. I gave this book one star because I wanted to see how it ended and zero for everything else.
What Stevens does, and so many writer/authors don't seem to get, is that he creates characters that you care about ... and in the case of his protagonist, one that you like. I've closed the covers of too many books, including National Book Award winners, where I got to the point that I couldn't find one redeeming value in his/her characters. His opening lines, "The Aspen trees stood like students at a new school. No one wanted to get too close." grabbed my attention. Stevens had his hooks into me.
Within Trapline, you get the two players (Alison Coil and Duncan Bloom) unraveling the damage and destruction of indifference--all within the Colorado landscape. It's complex, intense joined with the right amount of suspense ... so pay attention is your reading,
Judith Briles, Author YOU