Degrees Of Separation

Degrees Of Separation

by Karen Wiesner
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Degrees Of Separation by Karen Wiesner

Who is killing the midnight ladies?

Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days.

Teenagers talk of escape from a one-horse town like Falcon's Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's scandalous strip joint is found strangled. It soon becomes clear to Investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent that the close-knit "family" at the nightclub is a bizarre breeding-ground for unbalanced feelings and obsessions.

Pete and Danny race to peel away layers of bitterness before another girl falls victim to the dance of death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934041888
Publisher: Swimming Kangaroo Books
Publication date: 02/08/2009
Series: Falcons Bend Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 0.72(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Degrees of Separation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers Favorite Falcon's Bend, a small sleepy town in Wisconsin, is just that, and doesn't see an overabundance of violent crime. That is until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's Gentlemen’s Club is found strangled. As the investigations get underway, Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent soon learn that things are a little strange, particularly for those associated with the club. In fact, all the dancers as well as the club owners live in the same house like one big family, a very dysfunctional family. What they can’t understand is the total control the owner seems to have over the girls. Pete and Danny race to solve the mystery. Is it someone on the outside or someone within? Can they get it done before someone else meets the same fate? I found "Degrees of Separation: Falcon’s Bend Series, Book 1" to be a very good read. The characters are well defined and the dialog skillfully done. Moving between characters, the authors adeptly bring the reader on a wild ride to a satisfactory conclusion. The book does contain sex, violence and strong language. Unfortunately, there was one little thing that was almost annoying. The authors chose to use strong language but only used the first and last letter of the words with symbols filled in between. Although I prefer reading stories without strong language I feel that if an author chooses to use such language then he should use it, or find other descriptive words. But despite that small distraction, the reader will find it to be a very good mystery story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twin girls are separated at birth and adopted by different couples. The frail twin went to a rich couple, so she could receive any medical treatments she may need. The strong twin went to a poor couple on the wrong side of tracks. Twenty-one years pass... .................................................................... ..................... In Falcon's Bend, Wisconsin, Lieutenant Pete Shasta is thinking only about seducing his wife when his partner, Danny Vincent, shows up at the door about a murder. The body of a stripper from 'Danse de Minuit', a gentleman's club, has been found in the park. Pete and Danny soon realize that the investigation will not be a quick. The club has only about a half dozen 'dancers'. Oddly, they all live in the same house as the club's owner, Andre Trelawney, and his timid wife, Melody. None of the dancers will talk without Andre's permission. They all seem to be either in love with Andre or to loathe him. Andre has the birth certificate of each dancer, showing all to be of legal age. Yet they physically look like minors. Stranger still, the wife is an identical twin of one of the dancers and acts as though she fears her husband. Of course Pete and Danny cannot prove that any prostitution is going on. Nor can they prove the ladies are younger than their birth certificates claim. However, none of the ladies have any solid history before two years ago. None of them has a checking account either. They DO have savings accounts, but all deposits have been made by Andre and there has never been a single withdrawal. .................................................................... ..................... Everyone seems to have a motive for killing the victim. The case is going to be difficult to solve. The worst things are that Andre seems to be extremely possessive of ALL his dancers and Danny is falling in love with Melody. The atmosphere is pregnant with danger and the possibility of another murder is high. .................................................................... ................ ***** Here is a 'who dunnit' that will intrigue all mystery fans! It is loaded with twists and turns to keep you guessing until close to the end. Every time I thought that I had figured it out another juicy surprise would pop up. The novel focuses mainly on the case. The subplot, involving Danny, is pretty subtle but seems to round out the novel wonderfully. I can only hope that the authors allow me to visit the town of Falcon's Bend again in the near future. *****
harstan More than 1 year ago
Andre Trelawney opens up Danse de Minuit, a classy French club that the locals call a strip joint, in Falcon¿s Bend, Wisconsin. He keeps his dancers under tight rein with the performers residing under his roof and not allowed to leave the premises without an escort guard.......................... One of the dancers Teresa is found strangled to death under a bridge in Witmer Park. Police Lieutenant Pete Shasta and his partner Detective Danny Vincent investigate the first murder in town in over a year and that incident was a DUI. They interview Andre who the cops conclude is hiding something although he seems to have an airtight alibi. They talk with the wife of the club owner and follow that up with questioning the surviving dancers (Lacey, Cherry, Deidre, Sugar and Vanessa). The case seems to go nowhere as the detectives dig into the background of the club employees and employer seeking a motive......................... DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a terrific police procedural with detectives struggling to uncover who and why. Pete is a fabulous focus to the fine plot as he worries that his second wife will dump him like his first spouse did because he works long diligent hours on the case instead of on her. His partner adds depth with his big city cynical outlook though under thirty (five years in the Big Apple will do that). The dancers have unique personalities and Andre is a way out antagonist who has no apparent reason to kill the victim. Though the twist is obvious and overused, sub-genre fans will appreciate this tense one sitting Falcon¿s Bend offering........................... Harriet Klausner