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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Ghost Shadow by Bob MacKenzie is set in the 1980s in Windsor. Mr. MacKenzie promptly introduces readers to the lead character Payge Turner, a former police officer turned private detective, with a serious anger problem. Seventeen year old Susan Markham was missing and the girl’s mother had called Payge for help. The case bothered Payge; the girl’s father refused to call the police. Dr. Frank Markham was a professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Recently he had spent two years in Tibet. While he was there a Chinese archeological site was robbed by five men; the leader was a white man. Vietnamese gangs and Chinese organized crime were at odds in Windsor. Both groups knew the professor had possession of a stolen ancient artifact worth millions; they would stop at nothing to gain control of it. When the professor’s wife is brutally assaulted, Payge knew she had to dig deeper into Professor Markham’s past. Payge and her former partner Yvonne work together to solve this mystery before anyone else is murdered.
Ghost Shadow is a thriller filled with twists and turns. While the plot is bloody and violent, it depicts the true nature of the violent groups detailed in this book. Bob MacKenzie's research of the Vietnamese Gangs, Ghost Shadow and the Chinese Organized Crime Gangs brought a true sense of realism to the story. Bob MacKenzie is a talented author as evidenced by this well written and skillfully developed story. The characters brought out my emotions, whether I wanted them to or not. I hope we have not seen the last of Payge; she is an engaging character that quickly drew me into the story.