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Strong Light of Day
Jon Land
Tom Doherty Associates
Hardcover
978 -07653 35128
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     The story begins with some of drug traffickers wanting to use the Russian mob to sell their drugs. The mob complied after their warehouses were raided and the drugs stolen. Why be the middleman when you can have it all?
     Starting the book off with a Russian mob was a good way to begin because the mobs and cartels are in the news. On the very same day I got this book to review, Sinaloa cartel leader El Chapo (Joaquin Guzman) escaped from his Mexican prison. Ironically, if I wanted to check out a Russian mob movie, I could have tuned in to The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It has been playing on star as an encore networks for the past three months. It is still playing.
     In this story, however, mob activity is only the tip of the iceberg. When thirty school children disappeared, Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is called in to help.
     As if this weren’t enough, this crazed farmer complains that his cattle have been attacked. At first he has not taken seriously–his problem has to take a back seat to the missing children. When they finally get around to checking out his cattle, the seriousness of the situation becomes apparent. Sixty head of cattle were killed when they stood and picked clean to the bone. The cause is a mystery, as there are no footprints made by a predator, nor did the animals to make any attempts to escape. What can be more terrifying is... what is going to happen next?
     Strong Light of Day is well done.
Paul Zunino