Monday, May 20, 2013

Manipulation by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly

The writing team of Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly have followed their wonderful novel, Three Keys to Murder, with another enthralling mystery, Manipulation.
This is a story of twists, turns, and surprises until the very end.  The reader is never quite sure who the real villain is or who is manipulating the situation.  It's a fascinating read, with a plot line as twisted as some of the characters.
Like its predecessor from this talented team, Manipulation kept me guessing and managed to surprise me with the conclusion.  It's one of those "whoa, I didn't see that coming!" stories.  Those are the best kind.
Filled with complex, interesting characters, many of whom have hidden motives, it is a mesmerizing tale of greed, lust, retribution, and revenge.  It is a tale that you will long remember.
This one is a five-star read.  Go for it!  You'll enjoy it.  But be very circumspect if you ever win the lottery.  You don't know who's out there.  Just sayin'....
On a Sunday morning, Florida couple James and Bethany Fenner discover they have won the $161-million state lottery. The middle-aged city auditor and his 31-year-old trophy wife dream of exquisite homes, high-performance cars, and lavish vacations. In order to collect, they must first make the three-hour drive from Jacksonville to the state capital, Tallahassee. Fearful that someone might rob them of the winning ticket, they tell no one and hire 29-year-old limousine driver, Riley Lake, to chauffeur them across the state in style. But Lake harbors a secret that he’s hidden since his childhood; a secret that will soon be exposed.

As Jacksonville Detective Kay Larsen investigates a series of gruesome murders where the female victims overdose from a powerful hallucinogen, the clues begin to mount against Riley Lake. Yet the evidence is circumstantial, and there is no motive. When she discovers Lake is driving the Fenners, Larsen fears for the couple’s safety.

For the Fenners and Riley Lake, the journey will take them down a dark road fraught with sex, greed, and murder. Only when Detective Larsen digs deeper into Riley Lake’s past will a disturbing question arise: Who is the hunter and who is the prey?

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