Three years ago, Dan Champion uncovered a criminal syndicate run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Champion infiltrated her world of murder, obsession, and perversity, but the case also broke him. He began hallucinating and taking drugs.
Now, Champion is a small-town detective, hoping the ghosts and hallucinations are finally behind him. Then one night he is called to examine the body of a woman who has washed ashore. To his surprise, he recognizes the woman as Samantha, someone he dreamed about during his dark period—a woman who doesn’t exist. Soon Champion is haunted by a team of expert killers who want to make sure he never finds the truth. The ghosts of the dead are all around him, and Champion has to find out who murdered them, or risk becoming one himself.
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A KILLER IN THE WIND REVIEWS
I am a Klavan fan from way back, and this book delivers. Klavan does a great job as always telling a pulse-pounding tale while weaving in psychological thrills and mysterious hints until the whole truth comes to light. A Killer in the Wind deals with a subject that I am barely able to countenance - the child sex trade - in a readable way. There is nothing graphic or even specific, only allusions. Not the usual Klavan HEA (one of the reasons I love his stories) but there is resolution and satisfaction, and the door is left open for a possibly better future.
As I read this story, I thought this had sort of an occult feel to it, but as you get further into the story it all makes sense. This is a book with a lot of depth. Our hero, Dan Champion, is appealing, an everyman, as he comes to realize the compulsions that have been driving him. Fascinating.
Mr. Klavan develops an intriguing storyline allowing the characters and reader to experience big revelations simultaneously. There wasn't any "saw that coming" in this book. I'm usually skittish about suspense novels with the word Killer in the title but this one made it's point without sending me to therapy.