Wounds by Alton Gansky is a thrilling murder mystery that I didn't want to read at night!
A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures. A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death. Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man’s corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels. The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don’t want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes. But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own.
I have not read any books by Alton Dansky and this book blew me away it was fantastic. The details, the humor, the horror of the murders, and the correlation between everything made this a great read. He is very detailed and does not leave the gritty gory details out so when we the characters find dead bodies, the reader gets details on what they are looking at. While this made me only want to read this in the day (I have no idea why we think like that) it also gave me a better picture on what was really going on. For the first part of the book I could not connect the dots and was pretty confused, as were the main characters, Carmen and Bud. Then Ellis Poe steps onto the scene and completely changed the entire viewpoint on this story.
While the underlying story has to do with Christ, the story did not read like a typical Christian murder mystery. The characters make jokes about different religions and while no swear words are used, they are implied. This did not bother me as a reader because it was not offensive enough to put the book away.
I highly recommend this book!
"I received this book for free from CFBA in exchange for an honest review".
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alton L. Gansky is the author of 24 novels and 8 nonfiction works, as well as principle writer of 9 novels and 2 nonfiction books. He has been a Christie Award finalist (A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice) and recently was award the ACFW award for best suspense/thriller for his work on Fallen Angel. He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and Lit.D. He lives in central California with his wife. In addition to his own writing, Alton Gansky has consulted and provided editing/ writing services to several CBA publishers and written copy, video scripts, and other works for the general business market. Through Gansky.Communications he has consulted with publishers and agents, as well as provided editing services. He is “the go to guy” for co-writing having been selected by Penguin, Waterbrook, Broadman Holman, and other publishers to work with their top tier authors. Gansky is in frequent demand at writer’s conferences having taught and keynoted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Delaware, Washington, and Canada. He has also been guest lecturer on suspense writing at Taylor University in Indiana.