Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: A Thomas O’Shea Mystery (Book Two)
You certainly feel the brutal winter weather of Iowa, along with closeness of a small town community as the people in Rockbluff become all too familiar. Thomas O’Shea being the center of attention.
Thomas is simple, complex and quirky. He hides his past pain through humor and his somewhat tarnished faith. He’s wrestling with his complete trust in God as a result of his family’s brutal slaying. He shows compassion and empathy when discovering the body of a young girl murdered. With his black ops background you realize he is fearless and relishes a challenge at all costs. The reader becomes fast friends with Thomas. Moon, Suzanne, Clancy and Olivia read more like old friends, all creating an entertaining ensemble.
The narrative has just enough action without being over the top. I like the addition of a romance angle along with the filling of gaps in Thomas’s past. Given this is a second book in a series, it reads well as a standalone leaving a trail of what happened in the first installment allowing the reader a clear picture of previous narrative. Lunatic Moon and his American Indian heritage provide a spark holding your interest. As Thomas struggles with his past in order to embrace the future, we understand his dilemma with the present. His family forever in his heart as he attempts to build a life without their presence as he faces down loneliness.
Action packed story with colorful characters, fast paced with plenty of the thriller element, definitely snags your interest and attention. Engaging enough you’ll plow through within hours.
Suffering from insomnia, wise-cracking tough guy Thomas O’Shea goes for a late-night stroll through the peaceful streets of Rockbluff, Iowa, and finds himself pausing downtown on the bridge that spans the Whitetail River. When he glances downstream, something catches his eye…something that looks like a body. He scrambles down to the riverbank, pulling the body of a young girl from the water. The girl is naked, with two bullet holes in the back of her head. Ever suspicious of law enforcement, O’Shea chooses not mention the bullet holes when Deputy Stephen Doltch, on routine patrol, discovers him at the river’s edge. When the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “drowning,” Thomas goes into action.
Confronting the coroner, he is met with hostility. But then the coroner and his wife disappear, along with the body of the dead girl. Once again, Thomas gears up to find answers that will reveal who put the bullets in the girl’s head, why she was killed, and her identity, which may hit a little too close to home.
Teaming up with his friend Lunatic Mooning and Clancy Dominguez, an old buddy from his Navy SEAL days, Thomas and the other two men join together to bring justice to the dead girl, a quest that takes them to the Chalaka Reservation in Minnesota, seedy businesses adjacent to the Chalaka Casino, and straight into the world of organized crime.
A fast-paced story, laugh-out-loud moments and familiar, quirky characters from Carenen’s debut novel, Signs of Struggle, contribute once again to the complex world of Thomas O’Shea. Enter…if you dare.
About the Author
John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared in numerous popular and literary magazines, and he has been a featured columnist in newspapers in North and South Carolina. A novel, Son-up, Son-down was published by the National Institute of Mental Health.
His debut Thomas O’Shea mystery novel, Signs of Struggle, was published in October of 2012. A Far Gone Night, the long- anticipated sequel, continues the exploits of the enigmatic protagonist and the quirky characters of Rockbluff, Iowa.
John is currently an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. He and his wife live in their cozy cottage down a quiet lane in northern Greenville, South Carolina. He is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox.
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