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Guest Review of Wounds by Alton Gansky

Title:  Wounds
Author:  Alton Gansky
Pages:  379
Year:  2013
Publisher:  B&H Publishing Group
                Dr. Eillis Poe is a coward.  He has lived with his shame for 28 years, but soon he will be forced to face his past.  Will he find the courage to act or will he run again?  He currently is a professor of theology at a seminary college in San Diego, California.  He is a loner, who prefers to spend time away from people and read or study the Bible.  He has never married and has no family.  One of his students is murdered and he becomes part of the investigative team as his knowledge of the Bible helps link together several murders.  The lead detective doesn’t recognize him from her past, but he recognizes her right away.  She makes him extremely uncomfortable and reminds him constantly of his cowardly failure.  She deserves to know the truth, but will he be brave enough to tell her?
                Homicide detective Carmen Rainmondi has carried around the emotional pain and grief of her sister’s murder for a long time.  It is what caused her to change her plans to enter the medical profession to become a detective.  She is a tough, aggressive and no-holds-barred woman.  She has never been married and has no children.  Her sister’s death changed her life.  Now, she is the lead detective on a bizarre murder case.  Before she can turn around, another murder happens to which she is called to investigate.  Her gut feeling is that the two murders are related.  Soon she along with her partner, Bud Tock, is trying to catch a vicious, brutal, cruel serial killer.  She knows Dr. Poe is hiding something, but what exactly?  However, his theory is soon proved to be correct and she needs him on the case.  Will she be able to catch this maniac before he kills again?
                This is just a whirlwind of action, suspense and intrigue!  The strange manner of the murders is grisly, and soon readers will be pulling for Carmen to catch this crazy guy.  I loved the interaction between Carmen and Bud.  The dialogue between the two was great as well as the emotions behind it.  I also enjoyed the struggle Dr. Poe endures with his prayer life and forgiveness; it made him real and easy to identify with for me.  I will certainly be reading more of Mr. Gansky’s books and highly recommend this one to be put on your “keeper” shelf.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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