Tropic of Evil

A Gripping Suspense Thriller (An Inspector Marco Nayal Novel Book 2)

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
381 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2019
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Author Biography

Preben Ormen is the 2018 Bronze Medal Winner from Readers' Favorites for White Jaguar in the category Fiction - Mystery - Murder.

He was born in 1953 outside of Oslo, Norway . After high school, he completed his national military service in the Royal Norwegian Artillery where he trained as a communication platoon leader in a motorized artillery battery attaining the rank of sergeant. He then went to Canada for a BA in business administration and later, an MBA.

His work career in Norway, Canada, and Mexico spanned two stints in public accounting, one in the industry as an IT Auditor, a short one in Mazatlán with a Mexican research center in aquaculture and environmental management, and a more than 20 year run as a management consultant for three international consulting companies.

In 1992 he sailed with his family in their 32-foot cutter from Canada to Mexico where they lived on the boat for almost two years.

Preben is now retired from the traditional workforce and lives in Progreso, Yucatán, Mexico where he is finally dedicating his time to a long backlog of writing projects of which this book is a product.

Preben is married with a grown daughter and spends his spare time taking long morning walks on the beach followed by a swim in the Caribbean Ocean, cooking, reading, and exploring his new home base, the Yucatán peninsula.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Tropic of Evil follows Inspector Marco Nayal of Mexico’s Federal Police as he tries to find a young girl who may not be alive anymore. When Marco is assigned the case to find a 6-year-old girl, he first thought that the report had been filed a little prematurely. However, soon he realizes that there is more to this case than just a girl missing and her family panicking. Now people are turning up dead with the crime world hot on their trails to stop them from digging deeper. Now, along with finding the girl, Marco and his team have to make sure that they don’t end up dead as well. What will they do? How can Marco come up with a plan that will help him solve his case before more people end up dead?

Tropic of Evil: A Gripping Suspense Thriller is the second book in the Inspector Marco Nayal series by Preben Ormen. This is a heart-racing and blood-pumping novel that lured me in with its impressive flow and great narrative. Murder mysteries have a bad rep for being clichéd, but this one was a nice surprise. The author kept the momentum going and kept the mystery alive until the very end. There wasn’t a moment where I could go ahead and predict the next move. The author kept me guessing and wanting to know what would happen next. Marco’s strength was the highlight of this novel; he was determined, levelheaded and impressive where it counted. He was the true hero of the story and had me invested in him and his work from the very beginning. The author deserves all the kudos he can get for writing this thriller.