Wolves, War and Words in a Notebook – Preview of Three New Novels – Twin Cities
Novels today range from poaching wolves to a notebook that brings people together to a war between Mother Nature and the Gods.
“Werewolf” by Stanley Trollip (White Sun Books, $ 13.95)
She wondered if she was interpreting the gift correctly. Whether it was from LUPUS or someone else calling themselves Wolfman, it seemed like she was being encouraged to shoot the poachers. No matter how she twisted her mind, she couldn’t find any other possibility. He wanted her to take the idea of hunter hunting to the next level. – From “Wolfman”
Crystal Nguyen is dressed in all-white ski clothes as she flattens out against the snow and watches the wolf poachers. When they leave their snowmobiles, she quickly throws the keys far into the snow and flies away.
Meet the protagonist of Stanley Trollip’s first solo novel and the second in the series starring Vietnamese refugee Crystal Nguyen, a woman who takes too many risks when her heart takes her somewhere.
Trollip and his friend Michael Sears, writing as Michael Stanley, wrote four police cases in Botswana starring Detective Kubu. Then they wrote a rhino poaching thriller, “Shoot the Bastards”, which featured Nguyen. Her journey: Her father chased her out of their home after seeing her hold a young man’s hand because he wanted her to stay home and learn to be a wife and mother. Her hobby, for which she trains at “Wolfman”, is participating in biathlon, a Nordic skiing event in which competitors combine cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
In “Wolfman,” a prequel to “Shoot the Bastards,” Crystal is a reporter for a Duluth TV station. She loves wolves and ecology in general, and she is furious when two poachers are found not guilty and leave the court smiling.
When Crystal receives untraceable messages from someone called LUPUS, she realizes that she can harass poachers because LUPUS gives her where they will be and times. Although she knows she is putting her career in danger, she harasses poachers by deactivating their snowmobiles and, later, setting fire to the cabin where they keep their snowmobiles and wolf skins.
Reporting the incidents, Crystal is keeping her involvement a secret, speculating on air that the perpetrators could be part of the hunter-hunting movement, or someone working alone that she calls Wolfman.
Crystal Wolfman’s reporting goes viral and ratings for the station are skyrocketing. But it also bitterly divides the people of northern Minnesota, where hunting is a religion. She is physically threatened in a bar and she realizes that she has put herself in danger. Then two poachers are shot dead by someone who calls himself Wolfman. Now Crystal must take a step back and urge this mysterious impersonator to stop killing in the name of animals.
With the help of DNA preservative Chuck Gustafson, to whom she is somehow drawn to, Crystal tries to stay ahead of the men who blame her for creating anti-hunter sentiment. in the community.
Can she stay safe, save wolves and find out Wolfman’s identity? Before all of that happens, she becomes Wolfman’s kidnapping target.
Trollip keeps the tension high, with Crystal in near constant danger. The chapters on her biathlon training fit perfectly into the plot when she’s skiing in the woods after the poachers.
Trollip will virtually launch “Wolfman” at 6pm on Tuesday, September 21, presented by Once Upon a Crime. Save: crowdcast.io/e/stanley-trollip-wolfman/register.
“A question of course” by Jody Wenner (independently published, $ 11.99)
It was an ordinary day on the Orange Line train in the Twin Cities.
Marigold (Mari) Winter, who thinks shoes tell you all about a person, takes his dying mother, Zi, to the hospital. Lark Brooks is a nervous man who shows up for an interview for a job he believes will solve his problems. The octogenarian Norma, former chief librarian of the Saint-Paul public library, writes in a small notebook vignettes of the life she observes. For some reason, she gives her notebook to Lark. Jason is a 17 year old skateboarder who skips school. Jeannine is with her useless husband, Dean, from whom she is considering a divorce.
When the man in black motorcycle boots gets on the train talking to himself, everyone knows he’s “off”. And when he accidentally trips over Jason’s legs and falls into Norma’s tote bag, he pulls out his gun and kills Norma and Zi. (This isn’t a spoiler, it’s the catalyst for the rest of the story.)
The killer is Bobby Davis, a house painter who is tired of taking orders from homeowners and his boss. His recently found a big wad of money on a construction site, but the money made him miserable and paranoid.
Told through the voices of all the main characters, plus a relentless sleuth, the story continues as everyone who was in that Orange Line car reunites and their lives are changed. Dean, Jeannine’s depressed husband, sort of comes out of the shootout as a hero, much to his wife’s chagrin because she knows he hasn’t done anything heroic. And Lark and Mari seem to be heading for romance.
What is wonderful about this book is his tender heart. They are such nice people, even brooding teenager Jason, that the reader longs for them to be happy. And this is not to betray that Norma’s little notebook, edited by Lark and Mari, is the instrument of a perfect ending.
“A Matter of Course,” the author’s eleventh book, is as good as any novel from mainstream publishers. It’s a perfect read for those in need of an affirmation of the goodness of mankind in these difficult days.
“All the blues pass” by Metra Farrari (Wise Ink, $ 19.99).
Ryan is a botanist who accidentally created a species of flower that sucks in pollution, leaving the air clean. But she can’t grow them fast enough to fill the orders. Then she receives an invitation from a mysterious group of scientists who live on an island off Athens.
When Ryan arrives, she discovers that they are strangely dressed people who know little about science. It is because they are not scientists. They are the descendants of the Gods.
This is the premise of Metra Farrari’s debut album, “All the Blues Come Through”, volume 1 of his Héritier d’un myth series.
Once Ryan gets over her shock of seeing an entire city carved out of a mountain, she is even more shocked to learn that her hosts are demigods fighting against Mother Earth, who holds the gods hostage on a mountain and that she, Ryan, is a descendant of the goddess Artemis. The other Descendants want her to save the Olympians.
This mix of mythology and contemporary life (Descendants know a few modern phrases) is a lot of fun. There are centaurs, a hundred-eyed monster awakened by Ryan’s powers, and a very beefy demon god who certainly captures Ryan’s interest. The battle takes place at the top of the mountain, where Ryan faces off against Mother Nature and Artemis.
Farrari is a first generation Persian American who grew up in Eagan. She has been on the production team for the last three seasons of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.