Friday, November 9, 2012

Heroes and Lovers by Wayne Zurl : Review: PUYB Tour Stop



Sam Jenkins might say, “Falling in love is like catching a cold. It’s infectious and involuntary. Just don’t sneeze on any innocent people.”
Getting kidnapped and becoming infatuated with a married policeman never made Knoxville TV reporter Rachel Williamson’s list of things to do before Christmas.
Helping her friend, Sam Jenkins, the ex-New York detective and now police chief in Prospect, Tennessee, with a fraud investigation sounded exciting and would get her an exclusive story.
But Sam’s investigation put Rachel in the wrong place at the wrong time and her abduction by a mentally disturbed fan, ruined several days of her life.
When Jenkins learns Rachel has gone missing he mobilizes all personnel at Prospect PD and enlists his friends from the FBI to help find her.
During the early stages of the investigation, Sam develops several promising leads, but as they begin to fizzle, his prime suspect drops off the planet and all the resources of the FBI aren’t helping.
After a lucky break and a little old-fashioned pressure on an informant produce an important clue, the chief leads his team deep into the Smoky Mountains to rescue his friend. But after Rachel is once again safe at home, he finds their problems are far from over.

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators.
He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.
Fourteen (14) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards and First Runner-up from all commercial fiction at the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. A second novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, is available in print and eBook.

His latest book in the Sam Jenkins mystery series is Heroes & Lovers.

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5 Stars
I read and reviewed the first Sam Jenkins’ novel, A New Prospect, late last year for Night Owl Reviews and loved it.  So, needless to say, I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to read this book and be a host for Mr. Zurl’s new tour with Pump Up Your Books.  Sam remains one of my favorite fictional lawmen.  I worried occasionally that my image of him would become a bit tarnished because of his attraction to and flirtation with Rachel, a young, beautiful and energetic Reporter.  Sam is such an honest, shoot-from-the-hip fellow that I sometimes had difficulty accepting the chemistry that flared between him and Rachel.  Rachel is almost young enough to be his daughter, and Sam’s marriage is strong. Sam grapples with some basic issues of right and wrong then makes his choices, obviously in regards to Rachel, but also at other pivotal moments, too
Sam is not swayed by power or money to any unhealthy degree.  He is beginning to feel his age, yet still, he is a tenacious problem solver, a formidable opponent; his mental acumen is exceptional.  Mr. Zurl weaves a spell-binding story that satisfied me in multiple ways. The pacing and the plot make this imminently readable, but it is the characters that contributed the spit and polish, making this novel shine.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

Touring the blogosphere November 5 – 30 2012
on his third virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

Friday, November 9

Monday, November 12

Book Feature & Giveaway at Book Reviews by Dee

Tuesday, November 13

Thursday, November 15

Book Review at My Book Retreat



*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Pump Up Your Book Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

1 comment:

Wayne Zurl said...

Hi Laurie,
Thanks for inviting me back to your blog for a new review.
Happy Thanksgiving to all