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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

SHADES OF TRUTH by Charlie Hudson

Shades of Truth
Charlie Hudson
Outskirts Press
10940 S. Parker Rd - 515, Denver, CO, USA
Website: http://charliehudson.net
ISBN: 1598000934, $12.95, 246 pp, 2005

If you were to mix a spunky female detective into a police procedural, add a little romantic tension, and finish it with a twist, you might have Shades of Truth.

The author hooks you solid from the start, and I quote from the opening:

"Warren stared at the pistol–a small one, all things considered. Damn, why hadn’t he seen it coming? It was a stubby piece that hadn’t made so much as a bulge in Johan’s briefcase. Hell, he hadn’t even blinked when he reached in and pulled it out.

"Now, Jonah," he said in a surprisingly steady voice as he clutched the edge of the massive black walnut desk to keep his hands from trembling. "There’s no call for this.""

Of course, there’s nothing new about mystery genre–you have a bad guy who is pursued by a good guy or gal, as this case may be. But what is new and unique and the challenge for the writer is the telling–those unexpected twists and turns that keep you turning the page. Charlie Hudson’s plot is solid, her characters come alive, the setting is real, and her style is smooth and colorful. She’s clearly an accomplished writer. Allow me to quote from the book’s webpage:

"Finding a corrupt, manipulative politician beneath a charming exterior is nothing unusual. Unraveling the connection to a twenty year old suicide and linking him to a string of present day bodies is another matter. Police Detective Bev Henderson of Verde Key, Florida doesn’t care that rising star State Senator Warren Randall belongs to a wealthy and powerful family. What she does care about is a missing woman, a dead accountant and people who think they can paint the truth in shades other than black and white."

This is her third novel, and other books by the author include Orchids in the Snow, Shades of Murder, and The Parent’s Guide to Business Travel. You can find out more about Charlie Hudson at http://charliehudson.net.

Reviewer: Kaye Trout - March 14, 2006 - Copyright


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