This ebook only is actually Mr Woodard’s second book, although there has been a good deal of time between the first and this novel. The author has put together an interesting story centered around a New York City Captain of police and an attorney he meets during the pursuit of two serial rapists.
Mark Winslow left his job as a Sheriff in Montana after his wife and son were killed in an auto accident there. He moved to New York to try and escape the memories of his family permeating his life and brings his six year old going on 25 daughter Pamela. Joining the police he rises to the rank of Captain.
Most of the book centers around his meeting and falling in love with Kristen Miller, the attorney. The pursuit of the two serial rapists he is after takes second place in the author’s scheme of things with the development of his romance as number one. Woodard captures the rapists in what is a secondary part of the narrative and his major flaw here is making what should be a well described police chase of very dangerous criminals an “oh yes”.
The author has a style and command of the language to cause the reader to look for a future book by him. Hopefully, in the interim he will have learned that he must decide if he will write crime novels, which includes some romance or romance period. He does flesh out the two main characters quite well and if his plan is to use them in the future his readers will know who they are.
Read the book to meet a new author that shows potential for more. It will allow a good reading experience and the creation of an interest in seeing more by him shortly.
9/14 Paul Lane
ONCE UPON A HIGH-RISE by J. Allan Woodard. iUniverse (September 10, 2014). ASIN B00NHHPNZU. Print Length: 240p.