Strong Darkness: A Caitlin Strong Novel

Forge. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780765335111. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466821064. F
Don't mess with the Texas Rangers, specifically Caitlin Strong. Land's sixth series novel (after Strong Rain Falling) opens in 1883 Texas with a serial killer on the loose. Four Chinese women—brutally murdered, raped postmortem, and disfigured—are found separately along a railroad line under construction. The story line alternates between this investigation by Texas Ranger William Ray, Caitlin's great-grandfather, and Caitlin's present-day search for the murderer of Chinese women in the same manner and along the same rail line. Her investigation leads her to a Chinese CEO in Texas named Li Zhen who is on the verge of releasing a technology breakthrough, a 5G wireless network. While Li Zhen might have Homeland Security fooled, he isn't fooling Caitlin. But if Caitlin doesn't discover Li Zhen's true plan in time, many more people in the United States will lose their lives.
VERDICT This thriller reads like an old-fashioned Western in which the characters are larger than life, the fighting is fast and furious, and readers get to enjoy the entertaining roller-coaster ride. Recommend for high-action thriller fans, but readers with a Western bent will enjoy as well.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing