Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Hunting the Five Point Killer"

C. M. Wendelboe is the author of the Spirit Road Mysteries (Penguin). During his thirty-eight-year career in law enforcement, he served successful stints as a sheriff’s deputy, police chief, policy adviser, and supervisor for several agencies. He was a patrol supervisor when he retired to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer.

Wendelboe applied the Page 69 Test to his latest contemporary mystery, Hunting the Five Point Killer, and reported the following:
On page 69 of Hunting the Five Point Killer, my sleuth, retired Denver homicide detective Arn Anderson, is trying to figure out the circumstances of the apparent murder of a local policeman ten years before. He talks with the victim’s surviving son, Pieter who tells Arn he ... “came down the stairs and there was Dad…sitting where he always did in front of the TV. Pants undone.”

Pieter continues explaining the scene where he found his father slumped over in his chair with two bullet wounds to his head ... “if I’d have come down the stairs a few moments sooner I might have scared the killer off. Or he would have drilled me.”

Arn must search for the killer who—like Arn—has now come out of retirement to kill again.

This killer will haunt Arn throughout the book. As Arn searches to unravel the mystery of decades-old murders he looks over his shoulder to ensure he is not the latest victim.
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--Marshal Zeringue