With a cast of characters that is truly genuine, Bannatyne unravels seemingly innocuous events that all become intertwined and more than anyone bargained for. A death isn’t what it seems, no one is who they say they are, and life does not seem real at times. Truly, this read is an Act of Evil.
Ron Chudley is an accomplished screenwriter and playwright, and the author of four other novels of mystery and suspense: Scammed (2009), Stolen (2007), Dark Resurrection (2006) and Old Bones (2005). He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and knows intimately the landscape where the story unfolds. Act of Evil is the first mystery in the Hal Bannatyne Mystery series. Visit sites.google.com/site/ronchudley
John Quarry is on vacation with his small son, Nate, when a tragedy occurs: during an overnight stop in the Fraser Canyon, the child disappears and is presumed lost to the river. The coroner's verdict is death by drowning, although the body is never recovered.
While the authorities consider the matter closed, a provocative dream convinces John that his son is not dead, but stolen. With little hope and only a single clue, John sets out on a desperate search. It takes him from B.C. to bustling Calgary where he is arrested, to the Alberta badlands where he is nearly murdered, and to the foothills of the towering Rocky Mountains where he is forced to undertake a final, perilous journey.
To find his son and save his own life, John must be more than brave and better than clever. He must have the blind faith found only in a parent in extremes.
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Old Bones is the story of how a single circumstance can bring about huge changes in the lives of many people. “If we could only know,” observes one of the characters, “just how many lost souls are stashed beneath the earth, some likely as near as our neighbour’s yard, we would never sleep at night. Old Bones is the tale of what happens when some small-town stashing comes badly undone.
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But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.
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