“We were all good examples, and at the same time casualties, of a hunger for easy profits edging inexorably around the globe, our goal specific if narrow, little more than simply cashing in. Despite the rising heat, this grim insight made me shiver.” (Loc 595 of un-proofed e- copy)
IN FLAMES is quite the story and it moves at lightening speed; the setting is the exotic island of San In’igo, AKA the jeweled paradise of the Caribbean and a monumental jungle, lots of clandestine ruminations and peasant strife. The first pages are about the arrival of our fair-haired boy from Princeton, Dan Shedrick, and his walk across the tarmac to his first architectural job and a journey that appears to be a rich boy’s survival sequence.
While most of his peers are job-hunting states side, Dan has found this yearlong internship with an oil company and a foot in the door to his wealth and fortune. Elaine the naughty bad girl finds Dan right away and he moves from the National Hotel to a country club site with lots of his cronies. He runs, swims, works the drawings of the new wharf and drinks rum by the gallons.
He is offered a part-time job at the new Art Gallery in exchange for some spying and information sharing. It is at the gallery where he meets an interesting Ex- Communicated Priest, who flares Dan’s curiosity and interest in the attached characters in the story. At a club party , a very popular radio entertainer is murdered and during the night the club’s owner and Elaine’s husband dies of a heart attack and the story quickens pace because Dan holds a clue and evidence to the murder.
Add the Island fortuneteller and a whole section of battling the jungle when trying to escape the kidnappers and we are roped into an amazing adventure and tons of insects. This story has lots of appeal and is a very quick read. I can visualize lots of folks enjoying this story on their daily commute or just to unwind after a busy day.
There is a great deal of escape in the story and even though there is a clear formulation, the premise is catchy and every young man dreams of making his fortune the easy way, accompanied a sexy girl, and with lots of money involved. How about CNN making footage of a young man’s survival story?
Oh yes! Some bad girls are amazingly successful and smart; some turn out to be just another pretty face.
TLC Book Tours sent me this thriller for review and it provided a great escape and a quick trip to an island paradise.
About the Author (from book cover)
Richard Hilary Weber is a native Brooklynite- Park Slope Born and bred – and a Columbia Grad. He’s taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen, has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers, among them Claude Berri and jBo Widerberg, and now lives in Provence, France.