Date: July 2003
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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on a Limb
A Quinn McKay mystery
Quinn McKay has left his past behind him to seek seclusion and healing
in Ojai, Southern California, as a sheep herder and handyman for
Tracy Huddleston-Gardner. He carries the burden of a father imprisoned
as a child molester and the guilt of accidentally killing a child
during a police chase. Add to that the end of his relationship with
the woman he loves.
employer, Tracy Huddleston-Gardner, designs and makes guitars for
many top stars. She has a quick temper and is always at odds with
her employees, suppliers, and competitors, as well as her daughter.
of murders, which manifest themselves in dismembered limbs with
threatening notes attached, target Tracy. When her young daughter,
Melody, turns up missing, Tracy draws Quinn into the search.
the help of a private investigator, lovely Jane Gardner, Quinn delves
into the mystery that involves ecoterrorists, drug abusers, and
police who resent interference from the ex-cop.
is a suspenseful page-turner with a hero of flawed characteristics,
determined to fight against the odds to bring justice to the innocent.
The action is constant. The suspense builds to a climax with the
confrontation of the murderer whose identity comes as a surprise.
passages about the designing and creation of guitars are illuminating