A Guy Mallon mystery
John M Daniel
Oak Tree Press
Nov 2011 / 9781610090230
by Barbara Buhrer
Guy and Carol Mallon moved to Jefferson City California two years
ago. Carol has a book shop with Guy, her unpaid assistant. When
the editor of The Jefferson Nickel, Peter Thayer is stabbed to death
his employer and lover, Rivers Webster, persuades Guy to take on
publishing the paper. He is also persuaded to investigate the murder.
He immediately has problems: the newspaper office is vandalized,
the computer destroyed, andthere is bitter rivalry between The Jefferson
Nickel owned by Webster and The Jefferson Republican owned by Connelly.
In his search for Thayer's murderer Guy uncovers power politics
in the past, family feuds and marijuana traffic which have affected
the newspapers and their owners.
Behind the Redwood Door is a complex mystery set in a
colorful, rustic background. Jefferson City is a small town set
in the heart of redwood forest country. There is a cast of very
colorful characters. Guy is especially noteworthy being a five-foot-one
man who does not hesitate to take on the town bully. The action
is constant with never a dull moment and a feud reminiscent of the
Hatfields and McCoys.