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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Missing Inheritance is a murder mystery novel written by Ken Herring. Jackson Lockie had been trying to put off meeting with his deceased father's lawyer, who was the executor of his estate, but he finally relented when John Hampton insisted that they meet to discuss matters relating to the estate. Jackson had never felt particularly close to Henry, as he had referred to his somewhat distant father, since his teenage years. He had been much closer to his mother, Janice, who had always been there for him, but had passed away five years earlier. Before she died, she began to give him cartons of what she referred to as 'keepsakes' each time he'd come to visit her. Not having enough room in his apartment to store the increasing number of boxes, he had rented a unit in a storage facility in town and stored them there unopened and mostly forgotten. When he went to visit the executor, he was floored by the news he heard there. His father had left an investment account containing a billion Russian rubles in it -- worth about 30 million dollars.
Ken Herring's murder mystery novel, Missing Inheritance, is an exciting and fast-paced thriller. The plot is an intricate and satisfying one that involves stolen artwork from World War II, Russian heavies, and a series of closed-up mines in the Colorado mountains. Herring's characters are well-developed and authentic, especially Jackson and his co-worker and fellow adventurer, Shawna. Readers who enjoy puzzling out mysteries will find plenty of red herrings to consider and blind alleys to wander in this entertaining story that is rich in both Colorado and WWII history. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Jackson and the Denver Police detective, which added a strong police procedural element to the story. Missing Inheritance is highly recommended.