Author – D.A. Crossman
Genre – Crime, Mystery, Thriller
236 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/29/2018
No. 21 - 2018
My Impressions: exciting, international intrigue, betrayal, spies, too much cultural background.
Carlos Wallace - Maori P.I. ex-police Detective.
Miri – another Maori
There are many other supporting characters too numerous to list.
Ex-cop, private detective Carlos Wallace becomes involved in several cases when he takes over the investigative office of a mysterious detective who has voluntarily disappeared.
A missing person case becomes the main focus as Israeli Mossad, British S.I.S. /M-16 and French DGSE all are involved in an intense coverup involving spies and hostages.
Several minor cases serve as filler while the spy case develops and key players are introduced.
Multiple characters evolve as having more knowledge of the espionage case than was originally indicated.
The Maori Detective is a good story and worth the read. I had several personal issues with the plot that you may welcome reading.
The editing is good with minor punctuation issues.
Sentence structure is odd due to the formatting, multiple characters on the same line, which is difficult to read and know who is referenced or speaking.
Character development is good considering the large number of characters.
Details are abundant about the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake damage.
In my opinion the plot is hampered by Carlos' personal family background issues. It detracted from the main spy story. The constant injection of Maori language left me lost because many words and phrases were not in the dictionary. There are hints of the Maori's immigration from Polynesia by canoe centuries earlier but nothing definite. Older Maori characters believe in ancient mythology, superstition, and curses. To me this amounted to fantasy, and I was anxious to get through it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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