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City of Strangers (Luis Chavez, 2) Paperback – September 6, 2016
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When a priest is brutally gunned down in front of St. Jerome’s Chinese-American Catholic Church, Father Luis Chavez is asked by the archdiocese to lead an inquiry. With the confessed killer already in custody, it looks like an open-and-shut case. That is, until Father Chavez digs deeper.
As the killer’s confession unravels, Father Chavez teams up with Deputy District Attorney Michael Story to get to the bottom of it. Together, they discover a conspiracy leading back to one of the world’s oldest criminal organizations.
But just as the team is about to break the case, a mysterious virus sweeps through Los Angeles, sending the city into a spiral of panic―and Father Chavez into the heart of a mystery that could rock the City of Angels to its core.
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About the Author
Born in Texas, author Mark Wheaton now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children. Before writing his first Luis Chavez novel, he was a screenwriter, producer, and a journalist writing for the Hollywood Reporter, Total Film, and more.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (September 6, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503935930
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503935938
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,320,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every time I thought I knew what going to happen next, it didn't. Can't wait for book 3!
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Luis almost immediately gets entangled with the Triad organizations operating in LA. The reader is introduced to the Triad code of conduct resembling a secret brotherhood. A key character of the story in the Triad local organization successfully runs a legitimate hotel business while at the same time managing illegal activity such as "birth tourism". Luis is helped in his investigation by a young Chinese female doctor who practices long hours at an unlicensed medical clinic. Her help is urgently needed when a SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) strikes the region during the investigation. The story reveals human nature and jockeying by politicians yearning for power.
I enjoyed both books featuring father Luis Chavez. I have a feeling that the author will not bring Luis back in a third book following the ending in this book. I like the author's style which keeps everything moving quickly.
Mark Wheaton's background as a script writer is more obvious. The action is episodic, the characters provide monologue to explain their decision process, and locations are like movie sets. It means we watch rather than be involved in the action.
The book seems like an old morality play with the amoral gangsters up against an honest DA and a priest. But the good guys are flawed. Is the outcome more important than the means.
There is a lot of the book devoted to discussing ethics and faith against a Catholic hierarchy. Though the whole book is about ethics and morality. Mark strays into preaching rather than leaving it to the reader. I'm not sure what he is preaching apart from the hierarchy is separated from their followers.
I think that the book aims a bit too high. We have triads, corruption, gangs, international crime condensed into too few pages. I think that the story line should have been spread out over a couple of books. Not sure where Mark can go next.
This book will appeal people brought up on television crime dramas and action movies. There is still enough there for readers who like to be involved but not enough for five stars.