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Deadly Illusions
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.

The Book

Durbin House Publishing
April 2005
Trade Paperback
Mystery / Detective
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The Reviewer

Nancy Mehl
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Reviewer is the author of Graven Images and Malevolence, a supernatural mystery that will be released by Zumaya Publications in September 2005.
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