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Book review: “The Pursuit of Vengeance”

Murder is the first order of business in Bruce Simonian's "Pursuit of Vengeance." Simonian, a Tahoe author from Incline Village, brings a series of grisly scenes to the forefront in the first chapters of his murder thriller. The shock value of the killings sets an ominous tone and entices the reader's primal curiosity. Home intruders carry out an attack on a married couple, leaving them and their small dog dead, while neighbors, friends and family are left to wonder why. Two additional slayings occur. This time it's two young women. Hired hit men carry out the first set of killings. We're privy to that information from chapter one, but what about the second attack? There's no sign of forced entry. Work-obsessed Reno detective Wade Crawford is assigned to the case and, in spite of his own personal demons, is determined to get to the bottom of this murderous rampage.

The heart of the story begins in Reno at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. A middle-aged couple regularly frequent this spot. It's not uncommon to see them on any given night enjoying some time together at the poker tables along with a cocktail or two to take the edge off their busy workdays as lawyers. But on this particular night two strangers show up. They stand out as deadbeats who have little regard for hygiene or good manners. After throwing their chips down and ruffling a few feathers, they coincidently leave at the same time as the couple, after only one hand. Hmmm, that seems odd, right? The story presents a series of edgy encounters that pop from the pages like gunfire. Oh yes, there's a lot of that too. The pacing is quick and clues that lead to the perpetrators fall in place like carefully stacked dominoes on a game table. A tangled web leads to a trail of blood. The lives that are enmeshed in the drama are interesting specimens indeed.

Washoe Valley is where the majority of the action takes place, but you'll wind up in Boise, Idaho and points beyond where twisted events continue to unfold. Atrocities, angst and action are the main ingredients in "The Pursuit of Vengeance," but they are teamed up with some hot sex scenes. You'll peer into the minds of the criminally insane, and it will leave you wondering.

Simonian established his ability to crossover to multiple genres with the creation of "Pursuit of Vengeance." The style in which he writes this latest novel dramatically departs from "Reunion," his first, released last year. They both have strong character development and passionate story lines driven by matters of the heart, though. The force between good and evil is central to the plot in "Pursuit of Vengeance," making it appealing to a wide audience. The plot is intricate and well-planned.

Killer thrillers are not my genre of choice, but, having said that, I thought this was a page turner. It might have that same affect on you too.

For local purchase of "The Pursuit of Vengeance," visit The Bookshelf in Truckee and Panache, Rainbow Printing or IV Coffee Lab in Incline Village. More information on the book is available at http://xlibrishub.com/wd/us/623106.

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Gloria Sinibaldi resides part-time in South Lake Tahoe. Her short story, "A Means To Survive," appears in "Tahoe Blues." She is a job coach, trainer and author. She may be contacted at glorialinda16@gmail.com.

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