But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.
While Press keeps asking questions, Mara's research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend's name.
But can Press and Mara's stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger...?
This was a different mystery than I am used to. I enjoyed it and thought parts of it were pretty well done. I had to figure out what happened, so I ended up struggling ever to put it down. It was a page turner with several twists and turns. I found parts of the book surprising. The book was an exciting look at universities and how they fit within the view of Christianity. There is a ton of history also. As a current college student, this was so fascinating to me. The book follows the main character Preston Barclay who is a very intelligent man. He can be condescending and somewhat frustrating at times. He is that character you love to hate, and you can't get enough of. I wasn't fond of all of his actions, but after a while, he grew on me. He had a love interest named Mara, and she was very infuriating. She never seemed to be happy, and seemed to have issues with everything about Preston. I kept asking myself why she didn't seem to like anything about him. There are so many good things about this book; I had a hard time picking just one. The dialog is so funny and witty. I felt like this is the way dialog should be written. So many people get it wrong, so it was nice seeing someone get it right. I can't recommend this book enough. You will have so much joy reading this book. If you enjoy mysteries, enjoy Christian literature, you will like this book. Check it out. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.
With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry. His historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences. In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives inthe woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.