A Greg McKenzie Mystery
by Chester D. Campbell
Private Investigator Greg McKenzie, doesn't really want to take Molly Saint's case. Molly
suspects her husband of something, but she isn't certain of what. She is afraid of him,
but she can't explain why. However, Greg's wife and partner, Jill, has a "feeling," and
before he knows what hit him, Greg is knee deep in something that smells bad - and is getting
stinkier by the minute. When Molly and her husband disappear and someone burns down their
house, the McKenzies suspect that there is more to this case than meets the eye. For instance:
What was in the basement that Damon Saint couldn't afford to have the police find? Is
Damon Saint who he says he is? Most importantly, where is Molly? Is she still alive?
While trying to find Molly, Greg and Jill accidentally stumble into something else -
the murder of the chairman of the Federal Reserve. An incident happens that makes Greg
think he may be able to finger the shooter. He must tread lightly, however. His past dealings
with the police have come back to haunt him. An old nemesis is working the case, and he
doesn't want Greg anywhere near it - or him.
If things aren't complicated enough, Greg and Jill are also working on a case of theft
at a local restaurant. The owner suspects that the employees are pocketing cash from his
customers. Jill goes undercover as a hostess to find out how it's being done while Greg
uses members from their church to draw out the thieves.
All of these situations flow together to create an engrossing novel that keeps you hopping
from one situation to another. Deadly Illusions is a look into a funhouse mirror.
The images shift and alter. Just when you think you have it figured out, the picture changes
again. The McKenzies are engaging characters, the plot is fast-paced, and the writing is
top-notch. Chester Campbell has a winner with this series. I recommend this installment,
and I look forward to the next offering.
NOTE: Reviewer is
the author of Graven Images and Malevolence, a supernatural mystery that
will be released by Zumaya Publications in September 2005.