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Who Is Shayla Hacker? by Evan Kilgore
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May 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery, read-in-2009, reviewed
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Recommended for: John Connolly fans, mystery fans, Stephen King fans.
Read in May, 2009

There are people who order meat and potatoes at a restaurant and those with fine taste who check the menue closely and then order Scalloppine Di Vitello Saltimbocca. Evan Kilgore's fine novel "Who Killed Shayal Hacker" belongs in the second category. If the reader wants to read something extra special, pick it up, settle into your easy chair and tell the people around you that you don't want to be bothered.

How do you connect the dots?
Greg Klein, a loner, receives a call from a strange young woman, pleading for his help.
Jackie Savage is left stranded at her high school by her brother. She sets out on a hunt to see what happened to him.
Terry Young is about to get married but goes to his attick picks up a photo and after staring at it, it will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Det. Joe Malloy is finally retiring and his replacement asks him about the one case that really bothered him. He had her photo, but who was she?
Debbie Wendell, a construction worker, finds a jewelry box in a ventillation duct at the airport, realizes it has significant value and she could get money for it, but who did it belong to?

This is a different novel from the plain vanella that we may be used to. Characters appear and disappear, a person sits on the plane next to Debbin and then vanishes. Greg gets phone calls from the stranger and officials know immediately and want to know how he knows her.

More and more, throughout the story characters become mesmerized when they see a photo of Shayla Hacker and become determined to find her, at whatever price. It is a steady moving mystery which unravels cleverly. At the finish, the reader will be exhausted but rewarded for the effort.

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