While nursing some drinks after a terrible day at work, Tucker Candle spits out his rum and coke when a stranger across the bar turns water into wine. But did he? Or was it just an alcohol-induced trick of the light?
This stranger has a warning for Candle: skip your planned business trip tomorrow. If you go, I won’t be able to protect you any longer.
With a clear head the next morning, Candle resumes his normal life, working for a company that’s about to lay him off. That barroom huckster couldn’t have been magical, or prophetic. He was just some washed-up weirdo with a few tricks.
But when Candle comes back from his trip to find his pregnant wife missing and a dead man’s blood seeping into his bathroom floor, the washed-up weirdo’s counsel doesn’t seem so foreign now.
Cops, friends, family… Candle doesn’t trust anyone. As he searches for his wife, people around him keep turning up murdered. If he can’t find her and uncover the mystery driving the chaos, the stranger’s words might come true, after all.
Wounded Animals by Jim Heskett managed to be sharp, witty and fast paced without seeming rushed or cliched. It’s a fun story to read and really packs a punch in its 200-odd pages.
Main character Tucker is a likeable character, (though I did think he could have been a more supportive husband to his wife- but he admits to this himself!) The story moves along quicklyand kept me guessing, which I really like. It had humour, action and intrigue and I could have read on for much longer. I was a little disappointed when I realised suddenly that I was near the end (this seemed to come round all of a sudden and almost abruptly, but I really liked the ending anyway!)
I would like to read any sequels, if Heskett were to release them (the fact that it is billed on Goodreads as Whistleblower #1 suggests he may be writing more) and learn more about Tucker Candle as a character. I won’t say any more as I don’t want to give anything away, but I would highly recommend this novella- I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
** Many thanks to the author who provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review **