Three Dragons Doomed.
Three Dragons Doomed
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895876270, $26.95, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Outside the small town of Saddle Boot, West Virginia, a bulldozer uncovers a long-buried body. Only four living people know it's that of drifter Johnny Cross. But Johnny Cross was not who he appeared to be. In the early-morning hours a few days later, in Mountain Center, Tennessee, a body is dumped in a downtown back alley, a young female dead less than twenty-four hours. Over the next few weeks, two more dead females turn up in East Tennessee. A serial killer with an unusual signature is on the loose. The only thing that connects these events is private investigator Donald Youngblood. Don knows the identities of the body in West Virginia and the dead women dumped in East Tennessee. He also knows the bodies are personal messages for him from a killer seeking revenge. A new and deadly game has begun. In this unique double sequel to author Keith Donnelly's "Three Days Dead" (9780895873729, $26.95 PB, $7.99 Kindle) and "Three Devils Dancing" (B0090S9ZEK, $9.99 Kindle), in "Three Dragons Doomed", Youngblood wrestles with two separate and distinct cases: finding the true identity of Johnny Cross and tracking down a serial killer who seems to be in a big hurry for a final showdown.
Critique: Simply stated, Keith Donnelly is a master of the mystery/suspense genre with a truly impressive ability to craft complex storylines and populate them with truly memorable characters. The fifth volume in the Donald Youngblood mystery series, "Three Dragons Doomed" is a solid entertainment from first page to last and highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections. It should be noted that "Three Dragons Doomed" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).