Ghost Shadow

Unfinished Sins

Fiction - Thriller - General
270 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2012
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Author Biography

Canadian novelist, poet, and arts journalist Bob MacKenzie has been writing prose fiction, poetry, arts criticism, and songs since 1965. Reflection, his first book, a volume of poetry, was published in 1965. "Ghost Shadow: Unfinished Sins", in the Payge Turner series of thrillers,is Bob's most recent novel.

Bob has published poetry in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies in Canada, The United States, and worldwide; has, with noted Canadian printmaker G. Brender a Brandis, published five prints of his poems as signed and numbered limited edition prints and The Little Song, a signed and numbered limited edition book; has published/broadcast arts commentary in local, regional, and national Canadian media; and has, with the performance group Poem de Terre, had seven releases of spoken word and songs, including War & Love (2006).

Bob is the only Canadian poet (one of only two in North America) for whom an art gallery has devoted an entire visual-arts exhibition to his work and possibly the only poet to have artist-versions of his poetry in Canada Council's National Art Bank and has won numerous awards for poetry, prose, and scripts, including a prestigious Ontario Arts Council Grant.

Books by Bob MacKenzie are available at and other fine book sellers online and in bookstores across Canada and The United States.

    Book Review

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.