Sunday, November 27, 2016

"A Winter of Wolves" by Marc Rainer - A Jeff Trask Crime Drama

"A Winter of Wolves" is the fourth volume in a series of Marc Rainer novels that he calls "A Jeff Trask Crime Drama." The story line of this novel is one that kept me on the edge of my seat. Would the good guys intervene in time to prevent the detonation of a dirty bomb that would cripple much of the Northeast megalopolis? Police officers from a variety of agencies in the Washington, D.C. area have been targeted for assassination. The authorities need to figure out - amidst typical interagency rivalries - if this is part of a larger terrorist plot by radical Muslim elements bent on destroying America? Trask chooses to take risks that could end his career - or his life - if things turn out badly.

The author is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, and has worked both as a JAG prosecutor and a federal prosecutor, so the action in seen through the eyes of protagonist Jeff Trask, an Assistant U.S. Attorney. The author is transparent about airing his conservative political views through this fictional tale. In an Author's Note at the end of the book, he reveals that issues raised in the novel are based on real situations with which he disagrees: early release of dangerous criminals, and the politicalization of the office of the Attorney General are chief among them.

The book is a good read, and makes me want to go back and read the first three volumes in this series.



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