THE PANDARUS FILE
Florida author Kyle Keyes presents a murder mystery entitled, THE PANDARUS FILE.
This 346-page novel depicts a yesteryear murder that goes unsolved until post 911, when Helena Hollister shows up in Right Bank, Paris as Anna Ward.
The story rolls back to 1958. They are not Happy Days. Russia beats Uncle Sam into space. Rock & Roll takes a hit as federal indictments levy payola charges against some big name disc jockeys. Across a troubled ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet fights off a Communist invasion threat at the Quenoy Islands.
Locally, the Hollisters of Delaware Township keeps a date with death in Lower Elks County, where menfolk wear bib overalls and tell campfire tales of the Jersey Devil.
Intrigue laces this tale as Ms. Hollister commits a cold-blooded killing in front of her millionaire husband, Rodney Hollister – and gets away scot-free, while two backwoods lawmen named Walker Thomas and Bo Brennan fail to solve the crime.
Thomas is a county detective and all but cracks the case in 1958, but cannot locate the weapon. Hobbs Creek Police Chief, William Bo Brennan is more concerned with fishing poles and catfish.
The victim is a 23-year-old boy who suffers from “motor slowness.” His father is wealthy bank president, John Kane who can match Rodney Hollister, dollar for dollar. Thus, the unseen battle pits money against money
Eventually, a rookie agent named Jeremy Wade tracks down Ms. Hollister’s accomplice who holds the missing piece to the Elmer Kane, a murder mystery.
The story jumps from black & white TV to cyberspace and unfolds in typical Keyes’ fast clip fashion. Who Dun It fans will know up front who did it. Few will figure out how it was done.
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Kyle Keys (spelled both ways)
“A suspenseful, entertaining story by M. A. Beghtel”
While I have never really gotten into the murder-mystery genre, I have always loved suspenseful stories that keep my attention. Kyle has definitely developed the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat as he lets the story tell itself.
He is able to make you visualize the story as it progresses in two different generations, while also keeping them separate. It’s almost like you are reading two different stories at the same time, while realizing, eventually, that it is all one and the same.
All in all, it’s a great read, and I recommend it to everyone.