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  • Book 1/Wolf Mallory series. Fantastic mystery!

    Jon Dalton is a brand new author to me and Dancing on a Tightrope is the first book in his Wolf Mallory series. I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest from the beginning to the last page. Mr. Dalton's writing reflects the fact that he has an excellent command of the English language which impressed me since I was an English major and I'm somewhat of a grammar and vocabulary nerd. I was truly impressed with his writing style. This story centers around two main characters, Neal "Wolf" Mallory and Vicky Agincourt. As the story begins, Wolf finds himself at the center of an extremely sticky situation. He's now a former black operative for the Marines, and is in a huge amount of trouble with the government. He's done nothing wrong but the government doesn't see it that way. He's moved to Florida while he awaits trial in Washington, D.C. The time-consuming and tedious task of government bureaucracy grinds slowly forward and he's bored, worried and out of his element. All he wants to do is get this over and done with and move on with his life. Vicky Agincourt has major troubles of her own. She's been accused of murdering her boss, Brian Clausen, who, coincidentally, was also her lover. The police, her court-appointed lawyer, and the investigator involved all believe she's guilty. And the case, even though circumstantial, appears to be open-and-shut. Wolf appears to be Vicky's only hope but he's not a private investigator. He's merely a former Marine trained in black ops. What can he do to help her? But something about Vicky draws him in, makes him believe her story, as improbable as that may seem. So, against his better judgment, Wolf takes the case and sets out to prove Vicky's innocence. But, with only two weeks until Vicky's trial begins, can Wolf, with his lack of training and virtually nothing to go on, actually make a difference here? As the story progresses, more and more clues turn up, more people become involved. The murder may not be as clearcut as it once appeared. But, again, with less than two weeks until the trial starts, can Wolf, Vicky and their friends make a difference? Who else had motive? There's the old standby, the wife. What about her lover? Then there's the "friend." The more they look, the more people turn up, until it turns into a literal guessing game. Then, suddenly, a directive from the powers on high in Washington, those involved in Wolf's case, decree that Wolf "cease and desist" his involvement in this case or his own situation will become a nightmare, far more than he ever wanted to deal with. What will Wolf do? Will he continue investigating? He's come too far to turn away from helping Vicky, hasn't he? If he doesn't do something, he's convinced she'll be railroaded into a guilty plea and end up in prison for something she didn't do. But if he continues, he could end up in prison for a lot longer than Vicky! He's truly torn between wanting to get at the truth of Vicky's situation and wanting to avoid going to prison himself. Dancing on a Tightrope is a suspense thriller that is the beginning of a series I believe shows a great deal of promise. There are two more books in the series that have already been published with a fourth being written as we speak. I think Jon Dalton has a very bright future as an author and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work. If you enjoy mystery/thrillers full of intrigue and unexpected twists and turns, I would highly recommend Dancing on a Tightrope. You won't be sorry you read it. Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!

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