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The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters
The Shadow Walker
Michael Walters

The Shadow Walker isn’t your average Murder Mystery full of spine tingling suspense and death. Instead it is a unique hybrid mixing Political Intrigue with Police Procedural Investigation into a rich compelling tale. Even if you aren’t a fan of Murder Mysteries, The Shadow Walker will be nothing short of intriguing as the plot unfolds in Mongolia a land full of mystery, culture, and a burgeoning industry. This expertly written novel will race you across the steppes of this rich and diverse country as the body count continues to climb.

In the city of Ulan Baatar a string of murders is underway with the only aspect linking them together being either their mutilated condition. When the latest victim is learned to be british citizen Drew McLeish a Chief Inspector for the British Police is invited to join Nergui and the Serious Crimes Team in their investigation. Although the deaths at first glance appear to be the work of a deranged maniac, the plot quickly expands to a complex investigation spanning from the capital to the Gobi Desert. With political pressure mounting both foreign and domestic, Nergui and Drew must find the killer before he finds them.

Michael Walters knows how to draw the audience into the unfamiliar culture of Mongolia. The novel starts from the perspective of Drew as he first enters the country with rich descriptions of the country through a foreigner’s perspective. As the plot unfolds the perspective shifts to focus more and more on Nergui. This craftily handled shift familiarizes the reader with the foreign setting so that you can more easily enjoy the characters and underlying plot.

Although the story starts off as a murder mystery, quickly it evolved into a talk of political intrigue. The plot unfolds through a series of meetings and trips with ambassadors and foreign business interests. Let me say that upon reading I was fully immersed in the story as the plots within plots continued to emerge leaving me wondering what underlying scheme was taking place. However upon the conclusion I must admit that although The Shadow Walker was a great first read I have no desire to read it again. Upon reflection I find that i really enjoyed the setting and descriptive language but the dialogue and unexplained history of Nergui leaves me simply disappointed. I find myself wondering what this story would have been like from the purely foreign perspective of Nergui, the right hand man of the Mongolian Minister of Justice.

An enjoyable read that will please both Mystery fans and hobbyist alike. Enjoy the novel for the brief glimpse to an unfamiliar land, dwell on the rich descriptions of the steppes, Gobi Desert, and the culture of the individuals that live there. However don’t spend your time dissecting the characters’ dialogues and thoughts as although they immerse you in the story, upon reflection they fall flat and contrite. All in all The Shadow Walker is an excellent read for those lazy weekend afternoons.

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