Eighteen wheelers zip past us on the highway. They create irritating delays making wide turns into parking lots and backing their huge trucks into unloading docks behind stores. But the world of long-distance truckers remains closed to most of us. Not so for R. E. Donald. She and her late husband spent decades in the transportation industry. This mystery novel, Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, uses that experience wonderfully well.
Hunter Rayne is a middle-aged ex-Mountie, now regularly driving four thousand miles runs transporting baby cribs from Vancouver to Los Angeles, then cucumbers and tomatoes from Los Angeles to Edmonton, and completing the circuit by returning to Vancouver with a load of Alberta beef. Hunter is haunted by a tragedy from his policing days. His ex-wife and daughters think driving a huge step down from being a cop. His tough boss wants him to take on a second job, solving the death of a fellow truck driver, who appears to have driven off "The Coke" for no discernible reason.
This book is filled with details of what life is really like for long-haulers and the people who love them. It's tough enough for a guy who isn't sure about reading mysteries; and satisfying for any mystery fan who loves convoluted plots. There's a second and third coming in this series, and I'm looking forward to both of them.
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R. (Ruth) E. Donald is the author of the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series. She worked in the transportation industry for thirty years. She attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where she studied languages and creative writing. Visit her website.
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