In The Black Stone, the sixth adventure of Cyrus Skeen, private detective and socialite in San Francisco, it is February 1930, marking the end of the Roaring Twenties and the beginning of the Depression and the "Red Decade," when Soviet spies and Communist fellow travelers have begun to infiltrate the government and the culture. In The Chameleon and A Crimson Overture, Skeen tangled with Nazi plotters and Communist spies. In this new case, he confronts a new kind of nemesis that has been gestating in the Middle East for centuries and is now being enabled by oil companies and careless foreign policies: Islam. While investigating three murders whose savagery is unprecedented in the annals of San Francisco crime, he begins to understand that nemesis and the threat it holds. In a world slowly descending into the swamp of the approximation, the equivocal, and the pragmatic, Skeen stands out as a beacon of rationality and moral rectitude. His only allies are his painter wife, Dilys, and an intrepid newspaper reporter, Mickey Kane.
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Mr. Edward Cline excels in the application of historical settings to vividly demonstrate current events, morality, and ethics. From his "Sparrowhawk" series to collections of essays, he uses exceptional literary talents to showcase true heroes and illustrate principles of good versus evil and the triumph of the individual in today's morass of collectivism and socialism. His books share a place on my selective shelves with Mickey Spillane, Ayn Rand, Robert Heinlein, and Louis L'Amour. His novels are great for teenagers and adults alike, and I have purchased all of his available novels and essays. I was delighted when "The Black Stone" was published. For those wishing to know and understand what is wrong with the world today and how Mr. Cline's heroes deal with it, or simply enjoy the exploits of competent people in logical solutions, here is a prime example.