Undomesticated

She Had No Remorse

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
296 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2019
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Author Biography

I was asked to work on a project: Options, making Connections in today's World. Published in 1997.
At the end of the project, the committee had a luncheon to celebrate the end of the project. Everyone connected with the project was there, and it was a large crowd. At the end , the editor rose at the head table to address the group. He said as the last order of business he wanted to leaves us with one final thought from one of the articles in the book. He began to read my article on the death of my son. Immediately I recognized my words and become very uncomfortable as the crowd began to look around. At the end of the reading, he introduced me and said, “thank you,” ending the conference.
I quickly gathered my belongings and headed for the door. As I started out of the door I heard someone calling my name. I turned and a middle-aged gentleman was making his way through the crowd heading towards me. He approached me and stood there for a second searching for words. Then he said to me. “I couldn’t let you leave without saying,” he paused for a moment composing himself then continued. I too have had a devastating loss recently. Your words have given me a new perspective. You changed my life.” He then reached for my hand and shook it, turned and left.
That was the moment I understood why people write and why I write.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Undomesticated: She Had No Remorse is a work of intense murder mystery fiction penned by author Gary Smith. This third instalment in the series sees us return to the antics of investigative reporter Warren Steelgrave for a new case and the return of some familiar faces too. Set in a small town in Nebraska, a vicious serial killer is targeting sweet young girls, when suddenly the killer himself disappears, and may indeed be a victim too. With a case within a case to look into, Warren has enough on his plate, but the sudden re-emergence of his would-be paramour Cindy O’Brien adds more intrigue to the situation.

Author Gary Smith has a flair for balancing the reality and mundane nature of life with the sudden intrusion of the darkest sides of humanity. Warren Steelgrave is an everyman hero, intelligent and capable, but also vulnerable in many ways due to his curious mind. I enjoyed seeing his emotional side develop with his interactions with Cindy, and the central plot following the serial killer is filled with well-paced suspense and plenty of heart-in-mouth moments. The construction has a lot of twists and good information reveals for mystery fans to sink their teeth into, allowing time for the reader to put the pieces together before information is fed to them. The dialogue too was punchy and moved the plot along well. Overall, Undomesticated: She Had No Remorse is a chilling and accomplished work of mystery fiction which is sure to please genre fans and newcomers alike.

Viga Boland

If you’re looking for a quick read over the weekend or on vacation, and like to get straight into the action without getting bogged down in detailed descriptions and back stories on the characters, pick up Undomesticated by Gary Smith. While Warren Steelgrave, author and temporary reporter/sleuth is the male protagonist in this fast-paced novel, the female detective, Kimberly Johnston, with whom the novel opens, grabs the reader from the word go. You realize immediately there is something very different about this respected policewoman and find yourself eagerly turning pages to find out who she really is. What you discover is compelling and more than a little disturbing.

Like the reader, for some uncanny reason, perhaps their very similarity, Steelgrave also finds Kimberly captivating and mentally challenging. Together, yet separately, they search for the identity of a serial killer whose victims are young adult blonde females. Which one of them will identify that killer first? That is for you, dear reader, to find out. While the interesting plot and realistic characters of Undomesticated keep this mystery murder novel moving, what is even more memorable is the discussion between Steelgrave and Kimberly about what it means to be an “undomesticated” human being. It’s a concept I haven’t come across in any other crime-based fiction that I’ve read. Perhaps it’ll be new to you too. That said, don’t be surprised if you come away wondering if you, too, are undomesticated. I did. Enjoy reading and reflecting on this fascinating concept.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Undomesticated: She Had No Remorse by Gary Smith is a murder mystery. A serial killer is on the loose. A killer who only hunts the good girls. There’s another killer on the loose too, one who hunts the bad guys but leaves no evidence, no bodies to be found. The prime suspect in the good girl murders has disappeared, leaving no trace behind. Has he become a victim of the second killer? Warren Steelgrave has been hired as a reporter on a small-town newspaper. He has a detective’s eye, the mind of a killer and an uncanny knack for solving problems. It’s down to him to uncover the truth, to get into the mind of an undomesticated killer. His girlfriend, Cindi, a successful singer, picks up a stalker, adding to Steelgrave’s work. Has he taken on too much? Just how involved is Detective Kimberley Johnson and where does Simone fit into things?

Undomesticated: She Had No Remorse by Gary Smith was a pretty good story. It was in-depth and there were several plot lines running through it which the author did a good job of tying together. It had a number of twists and turns and plenty of action in it with some good characters. I haven’t read any of the previous Warren Steelgrave books but there was enough information in the story to make me feel I knew the character well. There were a lot of main players in the story and that doesn’t always work but here it seemed to work. It was a thought-provoking story that kept me reading to the end; I just felt it moved a bit too quickly at times. Good story though, and I felt it worked as a standalone as well as being part of a series. I also loved the addition of the photographs; they added some depth and reality to the story.