Shelter from the Storm
Michael Mewshaw, acclaimed author of "Year of the Gun," introduces us to Zack McClintock, a former war hero easing the pain of a failed life with Chivas and antidepressants-until fate calls him back into action...
When his son-in-law is kidnapped in Central Asia, Zack decides to pick up the trail. But there are two ransom notes. One demands a million dollars. The other offers to free the captive in exchange for a medical airlift to the United States for a mysterious feral boy. And as he wades into a world where law has collapsed, the local currency has no value, drug lords and Islamic fundamentalists jostle for power, and reality is as shifting and frightening as the graffiti on every wall, Zack comes face to face with his last chance for redemption-or his final, fatal mistake.
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Shelter from the stormUser Review - Book Verdict
In Mewshaw's (Year of the Gun) first novel in over a decade, a feral child from the steppes of Central Asia becomes the bargaining chip in a hostage negotiation. Scarred hero Zack McClintock, a private-sector intelligence agent, travels to ex-Soviet territory in search of his kidnapped son-in-law and finds plenty of people with plenty to hide. Rueful hotelier Tomas; his scheming plaything, Anna; and Kathryn, a willful Peace Corps volunteer who has forged a ransom note demanding the wolf-child's rescue, are all adrift amidst the lethal certitude of warring ethnic factions, religious zealots, and sadistic mafia in a bleak ideological wilderness. Mewshaw's appetite for desolation is boundless, making the pervasive seediness of his vivid purgatory seem needlessly ugly at times. But just as the reader starts to feel stranded, the action kicks into high gear and speeds through several brutal hairpin curves to its end. While not always convincing, this is the sort of intelligent and morally ambitious thriller-like those of Craig Nova or Paul Watkins-that offers a welcome change from typical fare. Recommended for most libraries.-David Wright, Seattle P.L. ...
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