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Second Letter
by Robert Lane
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Mason Alley, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

There's a new kid on the mystery block. The Second Letter by Robert Lane can settle on the book shelf with other thrillers. Lane not only provides thrills but does it while keeping his sense of humor intact.

Jake Travis, our new hero, is contracted by his ex-Army colonel to locate and retrieve a fifty year-old letter written during the Cold War. No one knows what that letter contains, but it is believed that it could have serious repercussions if the wrong person has it. The letter was written in 1961 by a CIA operative who mysteriously disappeared.

It is believed that Raydel Escobar now has the letter. Hopefully it is unsealed. Escobar not only owns a very successful carpet business but also three Tampa gentlemen's clubs. Why on earth does he have it? How did he come by it? Has he opened it?

Travis is joined by his partner Garrett and his neighbor Morgan. Their escapades to carry out their mission make for some thrilling reading. A touch of romance is thrown in to satisfy all readers. The three men are finely drawn. Suspense drips from the pages.

Plot-wise, the reader could not ask for more. Jake is single-minded in that the letter takes first place in his mind. Even when his relationship with his girl friend is jeopardized, he continues in his pursuit of The Second Letter.

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