Smoke & Mirrors

John Ramsey Miller, Author . Bantam Dell $6.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-440-24310-6

Winter Massey, former deputy U.S. marshal, tangles with an old enemy in Miller’s (Side by Side ) latest intense thriller. After the shooting of an African-American teen in Tunica County, Miss., Sheriff Brad Barnett suspects it’s a hunting-related accident until he spots one of Winter’s old business cards, left where the shooter set up. He locates Winter deer hunting with his family in the Mississippi Delta and secures his help. Winter asks FBI agent Alexa Keen to analyze something else left at the scene of the crime: a clove-flavored toothpick, the hallmark of ruthless assassin Paulus Styer. This time Styer, last seen in New Orleans, has some black op experts on his tail. The victim was killed at Six Oaks, a cotton plantation owned by Sheriff Barnett’s old lover Leigh Gardner, and her desperate ex, Jacob, is secretly trying to sell it. Styer abducts Leigh’s daughter Cynthia, who’s having an affair with Jack Beals, a security officer at Roundtable Casino. Kurt Klein, Roundtable’s offsite German industrialist owner, needs Six Oaks for a resort/casino complex. But at what cost? Full of breathless blood and guts action, hairpin twists and turns, Miller’s cocktail of murder and dirty business is potent and compelling. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/11/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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