Tainted Souls

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Detective Rick Frost washes up in the sleepy Los Angeles exurb of Santa Isidora after being cashiered by the LAPD. An everyday murder investigation draws Frost into a web of corruption that stretches from the salons of Beverly Hills to the Green Zone of Baghdad and quickly pits him against powerful forces that even the Feds fear to disturb. More
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About Steven J. Wangsness

Born in Washington, D.C., Steven J. Wangsness is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He is a former U.S. Foreign Service officer whose assignments included Italy, Antigua, Lithuania, Ireland and Jamaica as well as Washington, D.C. He lives in Seattle.

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OctoPress Books reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2012

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Re: A detective struggles to solve a murder that soon involves more deaths, conspiracies and bold robberies.

Outstanding: A quick, fun read with some appealing characters and enough twists to keep you guessing.

Unacceptable: The first chapter was so over-written that I almost gave up and quit reading but soon enough the $20 words stopped coming fast and furious and everything settled into a more realistic patter. The last paragraph, while I can see what the author was trying to do, left me cold and a teensy bit confused. The cover is pretty chopped.

Summary: Overall a strong first novel from Wangsness.While the story is far from unique, the main character is appealing and it was a genuinely engaging novel.

(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Pete Soares reviewed on on Feb. 12, 2012

Very interesting and entertaining, with a well-paced and original plot that holds your attention as the author unravels the many threads of this mystery. The pace quickens towards the end, reading almost like a thriller at it races to the finish. The ending is both surprising and a little shocking. A very satisfying read.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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