Dangerous Crossing by R. Douglas Clark – Book Review

Dangerous Crossing by R. Douglas Clark – Book Review

Dangerous Crossing by R. Douglas Clark

Dangerous Crossing

Author – R. Douglas Clark
Publisher – Speaking Volumes
Pages – 283
Released – 3rd August 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1645401742
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4.5 Stars
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Synopsis

IN AN UNDERWORLD WHERE HUMAN LIFE HAS LITTLE VALUE, IS THERE ANYONE WE CAN TRUST?

It looked like a simple case of blackmail for sexual misconduct. But when Eddie Maez, a prize-winning journalist, is asked to investigate, he finds himself dragged into a thicket of drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal sports betting in the treacherous borderland of south Texas.

Caught in a web of greed, secrets, lies and deceit, Eddie must find a way out. But in this underworld where human life has little value, who can he trust?

Review by Clive

Dangerous Crossing starts with an intriguing prologue and a storyline that is not immediately followed up but the main narrative is so absorbing that I’d almost forgotten the prologue plot by the time it was re-introduced.

The central story principally follows Eddie Maez who, despite his years, is ideally equipped to investigate a widespread network of crime in Texas, close to the US/Mexican border. R. Douglas Clark has made his lead character tough, experienced and determined whilst also giving him a sensitive side. Working more or less solo, Eddie uses his skills to fully investigate the various crimes although as with any private investigator he makes some bad decisions and at one point benefits from an amazing coincidence.

The book has everything you would wish for in a modern day crime thriller. There’s plenty of intrigue and lots of action. We have victims, innocent and not so innocent and we have villains, minor and major. And there is corruption. All this is delivered to the reader at a pace which will keep them engaged until the end.

Clark writes well with a clear descriptive style. Violence is kept to a minimum and I cannot recall any bad language although there is a brief sex scene. Also, most of the criminals have a genuine side to them.

From his bio on Goodreads I notice that R. Douglas Clark has had a varied life giving him a wide range of knowledge which he is putting to good use in his literary career. Dangerous Crossing is his third published novel and the first that I have read.

The book also highlights the current issues in many Central and South American states, the resulting migration northwards and the attached crime and abuse.

Dangerous Crossing is a thoroughly lively and engaging read, with action to keep you turning the pages and some social issues to ruminate on. I have awarded a nearly perfect 4.5 stars.

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Author Info

R. Douglas Clark Dangerous Crossing

R. Douglas Clark was born in Vermont, grew up in Colorado, attended college in Chicago, and received a Master’s degree in music from Brown University. Seeing no future for himself in academia, he spent a year in the Oregon woods, living in a primitive cabin, writing music reviews and cultural commentary for magazines and newspapers. Next stop, Eugene, Oregon where he spent 20 damp years as a bootstrap businessman, father and musician.

On a vacation trip, he and his wife, Shelley, fell in love with sunny northern New Mexico and subsequently moved there. After four years running Boys and Girls Clubs in Chimayó and Abiquiú–and another four, running a U-pick raspberry farm–he retired to write fiction full time.

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10 Responses

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  3. Thank you for sharing your excellent review of Dangerous Crossing!

  4. I’m all over this one….and that cover! Thanks for reviewing this one!

  5. Bianca says:

    I’m glad that you liked Dangerous Crossing. Great review!

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