Steel Breeze - Douglas Wynne

This has everything I want in a thriller.  Believable characters, real emotions, an interesting backstory, some historical context and lots of action!


Fantasy writer Desmond Carmichael lost his wife a year ago when she was murdered letting the dog out at night.  He's struggled since then to raise his 4 year old son and keep their life reasonably stable while mourning the devastating loss.


Circumstances are leading him to believe that maybe the wrong guy was convicted.  The disappearance of his son for a few minutes at the park confirm that there is more at play here than what the police found. The use of a katana and the introduction of a mysterious haiku and origami sculptures point toward someone other than the drifter they have incarcerated for the murder.


The action heats up quickly.  One of the things I liked most about this book is that every scene was important.  There were no extraneous characters, no superfluous scenes, no padding.  Every word mattered.  In a world where there are so many new books that one wants to read, I love a book that doesn't waste my time.



I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.