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Researcher and co-author of the first three Official Guides to The X-Files. Wrote media tie-in guides, trivia, games and so forth for Fox and TV Guide Online for four years. I've been reviewing TV, books and film since 1994 both on my website and on SFScope.com.
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
What do you get when you take a solid private detective novel, add in the ghost of Wyatt Earp, some fascinating history, and throw in a dash of Indiana Jones-esque adventure? The result is Deadfall by Sarah Stegall.
It may sound like too much, but it works out to be highly entertaining. Indeed, the basic detective novel on its own would have been plenty. The plot, centering on the case of a dead bigamist with three wives, is twisty and kept me guessing. The supernatural element adds a quirky touch, but isn’t overblown. The aspect that really hooked me, though, was the history. I can’t say much without spoiling the plot, but the history it delves into isn’t the usual dry facts that you got taught in high school. It is the stuff of high adventure. I was absolutely riveted by the historical underpinnings of the story and was even more intrigued when I found out that it was based on true circumstances.
As much as I enjoyed this, I can only hope that Stegall will be following it up with a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)