Herda, D. J. - The Last Wild Orchid (Elektra Press)
When a mother-and-son research team gets too close to the grizzly truth, one of them must die. But which? Mark sets out to avenge his mother's death, but how will he help bring the murderer to justice? And who will he turn to once the police declare the case "cold" and close the books for good?
Review by Deanna Blackwell
The lucious Caribbean island setting for this novel will make you salivate. But looks can be deceiving--and deadly--as Mark soon learns when he sets out to find the person responsible for his mother's death. Calling on all his instincts plus the services of a deadbeat father who left the family when Mark was still an infant, the young man celebrates his 21st birthday by consulting a voluptuous soucouyant skilled in seduction (not to mention black magic), a local tribal medicine man seeking a husband for his granddaughter, and his best friend and computer geek. In the end, all hell breaks loose as Mark struggles to tie together all the loose threads in this skillfully woven tale of unrequitted love, lust, deceit, and betrayal by a seasoned master storyteller in his latest fictional work. Don't miss it!