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  • 04/2019
  • 9781096459804
  • 302 pages
  • $15.99
Bill Zahren
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Traffic: Kingman & Reed Novel #5
Bill Zahren, author
Sometimes traffic moves on two legs instead of four wheels. Raising and selling livestock has been a way of life in rural America for generations. Unfortunately, one rural Iowa resident has twisted the tradition into an evil mutation — harvesting young girls to traffic to sex-obsessed buyers around the world. When a teenage girl goes missing, Sioux City Sentinel-Leader reporter Tom Kingman discovers that not everything in rural Woodbury County is as beautiful as the fall colors. The hills are alive with an anatomy-obsessed teenage boy with a rifle, a drunken human trafficker gradually losing his concern for self-preservation, and rage-produced demons trying to provoke Tom into a life-shattering decision. As Tom’s significant other, county prosecutor Hillary Reed, helps him make a hard choice, she also faces a decision — one she prays will be for the greater good.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The story holds the readers’ interest as it proceeds sequentially. The characters are, for the most part, adequately introduced. There may be too much detail of clothing and looks, and some of the “steamy” sex scenes seem gratuitous. More inner thoughts would have been useful. The fate of Isiah, the religious boy who absconds with the female teenager's corpse, is somewhat unclear, leaving readers wondering.

Prose/Style: The prose is smooth, with few omissions, errors or unclear sentences.

Originality: This mystery is original in two aspects: it is quite religiously-themed; and the mystery is studied and solved by a reporter and a lawyer, with a few cops helping out. No private detective is involved.

Character Development: Although the two main characters, Tom and Hillary, are well developed, they also seem somewhat shallow. The meticulous descriptions of clothing and looks, as well as the couple's steamy sex life, detract from the seriousness of the characters. Conversely, Shaw, the drunken murderer, is believably creepy and estranged from the world at large.

Date Submitted: June 19, 2019

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2019
  • 9781096459804
  • 302 pages
  • $15.99

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