Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Murder in Miami by Noel Hynd
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"Hynd's stories always feature intense anticipation, rapid fire action and lingering suspense to capture the reader’s attention."
The international murder-and-money laundering activities of the Dosi cartel push Alex LaDuca, US Treasury Agent to Miami in Noel Hynd’s, Murder in Miami. Alex first appeared in Hynd’s Russian trilogy and has returned to be the strong heroine in the Cuban trilogy. Although fiercely independent, she relies on a network of trusted associates for needed support.
She is asked to meet with a Cuban defector for potentially vital intelligence information. Instead Alex comes face-to-face with multiple murders, a curmudgeon of a police chief and the bizarre beliefs of the Santeria which blends the Yoruba religion from West Africa with Roman Catholism and Native American Indian traditions. The surreal and supernatural collide in Alex’s world.
Amidst the chaos and confusion of the investigation, a tenant in the same New York apartment complex catches Alex’s eyes. Can she heal completely from the painful tragedy of her past and open herself to romance? At the core of her life, she’s seeking the truth in both her job and her faith walk.
The readers will find themselves bogged down in the chapters where the author is disseminating necessary information about past spies and informants. It is also difficult, at times, to distinguish the “good” people versus the “bad” people within these pages. And yet that’s one of the reasons it is called “suspense!”
It’s disappointing to recognize the lack of effort between the governmental agencies to share information because the majority of the players are glory seekers. This appears to be a recurring undercurrent in Hynd’s writing!
The dimensions and diversity of Miami’s culture was not as featured as Cuba had been in Hostage in Havana. Please don’t think for a moment that there is one single murder in Miami either.
The analogy to a chess game “when one side lost its queen . . . the match would end” in describing the continued war between persistent Alex and the formidable Dosi cartel paints the perfect picture.
Hynd's stories always feature intense anticipation, rapid fire action and lingering suspense to capture the reader’s attention. Alex is the key to propel the story forward. I anticipate the third book will feature the ultimate showdown between Alex and evil personified in the Dosi family.Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.