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Shelly Frome
Shadow of the Gypsy
Shelly Frome, author
Josh Bartlet had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small town features writer in the Blue Ridge. He’d just give it a few weeks more and then begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she’d have him) and, at long last, live a normal life. After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form Josh had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that—a hazy, shadow under the eaves. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced in Bucharest or thereabouts. No matter what, he simply wouldn’t travel over eight hundred miles to track Josh down, hook into his life, put him under the gun and ruin everything. Surely not now, not after all this.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Noir Mystery


Deceptions and secrets abound in this story that is part coming-of-age, part family drama and all suspense. At times bittersweet, this book will pull on your heartstrings at the same time it leaves you on the edge of your seat. Although billed as a mystery, which it most certainly is, it also has the feel and atmosphere of noir. Hapless hero caught up in events beyond his control, dealings with thugs and smugglers, and an unrequited love for a girl who he feels is much too good for him. All the makings of a classic. As time runs out, you'll fly though the pages to see how he can possibly extricate himself from this impossible situation. And throughout all this, you'll still have time to marvel over the foreboding and atmospheric descriptions of the surrounding landscape. This is a book I literally fell into and didn't let up on until the very last page.