When the Wind Blows

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Kensington Books, 1998 - Fiction - 442 pages
Once in a great while, a first novel showcases the kind of voice that resonates in our minds and our hearts. Zachary Alan Fox's All Fall Down was such a book. Reviewers and readers alike responded with overwhelming enthusiasm and made the paperback edition a national bestseller in 1997. Now, Fox delivers a terrifying new novel, even more original and suspenseful than his first. "When the Wind Blows" is a gripping psychological thriller of revenge, redemption, and deadly secrets that plunges us into the darkest recesses of the human heart.

"When the Wind Blows" introduces us to an engaging and complex protagonist in Mark Ritter, ex-Air Force pilot and struggling single father, whose world suddenly spins out of control when he goes home to South Dakota to bury his mother. Closing up the family's farmhouse, he stumbles upon a hidden key to a safe deposit box. What he finds in the box is even more puzzling: a death certificate, made out in his name, dated the year before he was born.

The quest to solve the mystery of his birth and true identity will lead Mark to Harmony, Colorado. Thirty years ago, Harmony was a backwater; now it is a booming ski resort whose affluence depends on the keeping of certain secrets -- and whose residents take an eerie interest in Mark's seven-year-old daughter. His determination to discover who he really is upsets the plans of someone who will kill -- and kill again -- to keep the truth hidden.

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A man's search for his biological parents leads to multiple murders by multiple murderers in this overheated, overlong thriller. Mark Ritter, stockbroker and single parent (his wife was killed in an ... Read full review


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Fox is a college professor.

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