When Good Men Die: A Sam Dawson Mystery by Steven W. Horn

When Good Men Die: A Sam Dawson Mystery

bySteven W. Horn

Kobo ebook | October 29, 2015

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Skeletons in the closet are sometimes best left undiscovered and undisturbed. Enter at your own risk the closet of Hans Rudolf Gottlieb, Depression-era carnival wrestler and former Olympian who has come to the north woods to die. As he moves silently between the brutally harsh and haunting memories of his past, Hans attempts to keep the many secrets that define his life in this epic story of enduring love and tragic consequences. The author of the award-winning THE PUMPKIN EATER: A SAM DAWSON MYSTERY, Steven W. Horn, continues his blend of dramatic, intelligent, fast-paced storytelling. Photographer Sam Dawson, bored with taking pictures of cemeteries and in defiance of his editor, turns his camera toward the elderly residents of a nursing home. “We’re going to see some old people,” he tells his drooling bloodhound. “It’ll be our little secret.” But Sam uncovers more secrets than he bargained for and the disturbing truth that the aged are often not who they appear to be. Sam and his “puddle of dog flesh” will be set upon by wolves and humans alike as Sam, the primary suspect in a resident’s murder, exposes decades-long secrets to unravel this Gordian knot of a mystery. WHEN GOOD MEN DIE: A SAM DAWSON MYSTERY races toward a shocking conclusion while challenging the reader to consider the sins of their loved ones’ past and to ask questions before it is too late. But be careful, you may not want to hear their answers.

Title:When Good Men Die: A Sam Dawson MysteryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 29, 2015Publisher:Granite Peak PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0983589496

ISBN - 13:9780983589495

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rollicking Good Mystery! When Good Men Die joins others in a mystery series begun in The Pumpkin Eater, and while prior familiarity with the character of Sam Dawson is recommended, it's not a necessity to quickly absorb the unusual investigative skills of Sam, a photographer by trade. The first thing to note here is that Horn injects a wry comic sense into some of his interactions: a satisfyingly different way of bringing characters and plots to life. By peppering these moments throughout the story, characters come to life and readers receive both vivid descriptions and fun interludes to mitigate the tension of the investigation that immerses Sam in another conundrum. Another device that sets When Good Men Die apart from other genre reads is the fact that it excels in blending dialogue with description, with maximum impact: readers thus achieve a level of depth, understanding, and involvement that make for a truly exquisite read as they follow Sam into danger and back again. As readers come to not just read but to care about Sam, Annie, and the events that threaten to immerse them, they will receive a different crime saga that questions impulse, intention, and the intersection between violence and aggression. Changes are in the works for Sam; the nature of which is revealed in the course of a rollicking good read recommended for genre mystery readers and newcomers to the format alike. There's nothing 'formula' about this work: believable and surprisingly fun protagonists and dark moments juxtaposed with a dash of light humor make for an involving story many a novel reader will find satisfyingly filled with depth and vision: elements too often lacking in many mystery genre stories.
Date published: 2015-10-22