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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
ZACA: Zack Tolliver, FBI is a murder mystery written R. Lawson Gamble. Zack is currently a supervisory agent for the FBI, but for over ten years he had been the FBI liaison for the Navajo nation in Tuba City, Arizona. He's in California to participate in a lecture presentation given by his friend, Dr. Susan Atgar, on the possible existence of an undiscovered species that had evolved differently than homo sapiens. While he's there, the body of an immigrant worker is found in a remote area of the San Rafael Wilderness. He had been shot in the head, but what was confounding the investigators was the large pool of blood they found nearby. Something or someone had killed the victim's attacker, based on the amount of blood found, but there was neither a body nor a trail to be discovered. Zack's afternoon spent assisting in the investigation becomes an open-ended assignment when the local authorities clear it with his boss.
R. Lawson Gamble's paranormal mystery, ZACA: Zack Tolliver, FBI, is exciting, fast-paced and beautifully plotted. I loved following Zack and the investigators as they go off-road and hike through the California wilderness. Gamble's descriptions of the surrounding environs are sharply defined and detailed, and they make you feel as if you are along for the adventure. This is the first Zack Tolliver story I've read, but I had no problems with reading it on its own. I also enjoyed reading about the local area Chumash history, mythology and tribal traditions that are entwined throughout the plot. Zack is a marvelous main character, and he and his sidekick, Eagle Feather, complement each other perfectly. This well-plotted and suspenseful story works on so many different levels. I'm quite pleased to have discovered Gamble's Zack Tolliver, FBI mystery series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. ZACA: Zack Tolliver, FBI is most highly recommended.