I’ve been wanting for a year, although it feels like ages, to read A Particular Darkness. Katrina Williams was a character I absolutely loved in the first book, A Living Grave. She had so much depth and style at the skilled hands of Robert Dunn. When I heard there was a plan for a second book I was psyched. This author is always on my radar while I wonder what will he is working on next.
A Particular Darkness opens with Katrina in a therapy session. It’s been a year since we’ve seen her last. Sadly, life hasn’t gotten any easier for Katrina. We get caught up with the events of her life as we settle in to book two. In a very short amount of time I was right back there with the protagonist and loving it. To me it was like catching up with an old friend and the comfort it brings.
Katrina is still dealing with her burdens, no different from any of us have the displeasure of doing. Katrina’s darkness comes in many forms and for an equal number of reasons. A Particular Darkness is a fitting title, yet again, and Robert gives the reader something to ponder. This is one of the aspects of Robert’s writing I thoroughly enjoy. He has an uncanny way of putting real heart and emotional damage in his characters. He makes them relatable and gives the reader an easy connection point. The mystery Katrina finds herself investigating is solid and well presented. I never get the feeling the characters are acting in a way that feels unnatural or forced.
The action never let up as I struggled to solve the mystery. My only struggle was to keep up with the political aspects. The United States and Middle Eastern relations and various policies/history are beyond me. Never the less it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story. Props to you, Robert, I didn’t figure it out until it all unfolded before me! With great characters and an equally great plot, A Particular Darkness was a real treat. I’m left in the place I was after finishing the first book, I want more Katrina Williams novels.
Length: 280 Pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Release date: September 12, 2017
Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war veteran and sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams copes the only way she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body’s just been pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a straightforward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake.
Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refugees disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees. Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators plan to make sure she’ll never again see the light of day . . .
Robert Dunn, Biography-
Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.
An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.
A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem, Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels Behind the Darkness and The Red Highway.
Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.