Review of Traitors Among Us by S.R. Claridge

Many popular writers will tell you the first sentence of a novel is the most important; it should hook the reader right away. In fact, I’ve heard that Stephen King actually collects excellent first lines from other writers via his website. Well, if so, S.R. Claridge should send him the first line of TRAITORS AMONG US because it does just that: snares you immediately. Having recently read TETTERBAUM’S TRUTH, the first in this author’s “Just Call Me Angel” series, I was elated to find I was headed for another thrilling page-turner. Angel is back, in the second of, hopefully, many more novels. And once again we’re treated to Angel’s ornery, matchmaking and feisty Aunt Olga again, as well as two of Angel’s former lovers, and some colorful new characters to say the least.
Okay, here’s the jist. Angel’s mother, missing since Angel was eighteen years old, shows up. If Angel can find her, that is. And that’s pretty much the primary quest here for our protagonist. Of course, many obstacles abound thwarting the quest such as: complications provided by Angel’s romantic entanglements and long-held secrets as well as intricate power plays by the Chicago Mafia and even the New York Five Families. Add to that a scary dude called “The Shark”, plus ominous and deadly elements of the Russian underworld, and you get the picture: murder, suspense, and thrills—all enmeshed in wild, intelligent plotting from the fertile mind of this fine new author. I enjoyed her first book, but this one is even better and I’ll tell you why. There’s a new element among the mystery, suspense, and romance and it’s humor. And well done, too. She’s written in a new, quirky character whose dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. He’s Angels’ spiky-haired, gun-happy, self-appointed bodyguard, done up in a style not unlike some of Janet Evanovich’s characters. You’ll love him!
S.R. Claridge, the author, has a background in theater and has written scripts for several venues. She says her background in theatre and psychology helps her fill the pages of each novel with enough dramatic suspense to keep readers guessing until the very end. And that’s exactly what she does. Throughout, you never know whom to believe. Claridge currently lives in Colorado and loves to hunker down in front of her computer with a Vodka Martini and write away. Well, that’s fine by me; I’m ready for more. Highly Recommended by reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews

Traitors Among Us
S. R. Claridge
Published by: Vanilla Heart Publishing ©2011
ISBN: 978-1-935407-14-2
Trade Paperback 226pages
US $13.95
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