A Gripping tale that is hard to put down – One that is as Sweet as a Ballerina and as Pugnacious as a Pit bull!
Maria is tired of running from the law and comes back to the US from France. She murdered her husband, a deranged genius in self-defense and is arrested on arrival. Will she come out unscathed or will this be the biggest mistake of her life? Will she taste freedom or will she remain behind bars forever?
Follow the loveable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers’ favorite), as he tries to save Maria from seemingly insurmountable odds.
The story moves at a rapid pace, from the ghettos of Chicago to the beaches of Florida, from the streets of Los Angeles to the lush gardens of New York city. Each twist and turn comes with its own cast of colorful characters, from sleazy men in the mafia to hot, desperate women, who will do anything to make it big, in a world that is always trying to keep them small.”
Dianne is the author of several series. To find out more about her books, go to www.dianneharman.com. Dianne has been named by Amazon seven times as an All-Star.
Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category, and selected as the Book of the Month by the Goodreads Psychological Thriller group. Blue Coyote Motel & Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer’s prestigious CLUE Awards contest.
Learn more about Dianne’s books at http://www.DianneHarman.com
This is the third book I have read from Ms. Dianne Harmann. She has become one of my favorite authors with her “Coyote” novels. I have already read Blue Coyote Motel (Coyote Series Book 1) & Coyote in Provence (The Coyote Series) (Volume 2). One of the things I always notice about any series is how well each book reads as a separate part of the series. Can a book be read as a stand alone, on its own merit? Or, does the absence of the other books create a knowledge gap so wide that it makes the book uncomprehensible, unable to be fully enjoyed?
With Dianne Harman, this is not a concern, as she skillfully integrates the first two novels. You can read this book as a standalone. The only reason you would go back and read the other novels is because you have fallen in love with the author’s writing style, and are simply hungry for more!
For me, Dianne is a master of her craft. As we examine the plot we find Slade Kelly. He has been hired to keep Maria Brooks safe while she is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her husband Jeffrey Brooks, the mad inventor of the “Freedom drug”. Intrigued with the premise, I became completely immersed. This story has all the elements you would expect to find in a great novel.
The plot structure is clearly in place: intro, rising action, high point, falling action, and resolution. There are several complications, surprising twists and turns, and of course, moments of intense tension and passion. Nothing is as it appears to be. Dianne weaves language, culture, habits and attitudes to form a cohesive tale for the reader.
The courtroom scenes are outstanding and the sexual encounters do not overpower the story, but rather enhances it. Then there is Darya. Darya simply touches something inside of me, the hero inside of all of us. Darya, under difficult circumstances, and at risk of death, tries to help Afghan orphan girls get safely to the United States. In sum, this is another superb, satisfing story from a master storyteller. I highly recommend this book. 5 well-deserved stars for Cornered Coyote.