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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe by Michael Allan Scott
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bookshelves: e-book, mystery-shelf, paranormal, crime

Dark Side of Sunset Pointe- A Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott is a 2012 Telemachus Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Rodriquez and his partner have been working on a developmental deal named Sunset Pointe. Rodriquez is a big time wheeler dealer operating just on the border of legal and illegal practices. The problem is Sunset Pointe is in bad shape money wise. When Mike is found murdered and his secretary is shot and left in a coma, detective Frank Salmon takes the case.
Enter Lance Underphal who is called in to take photos of the crime scene. Lance's wife passed away recently and since then he has been troubled with health problems and visions. He is having certain paranormal encounters that isn't helping his mental state. However, he could prove quite useful in helping to solve the murder of Mike Rodriguez if only he can convince the skeptical Frank Salmon that his visions are real and correct.
The disclaimers of "This mystery is not for everyone" will peak your curiousity. Yes, it is different, but that's a good thing. At once very unique, but also gives one pause. Financial problems can cause people to do things they would never have dreamed of. When someone has a reputation to uphold things can become even more dicey. Mike's partner has a gambling problem, Mike has too many girlfriends and wife. The company they keep and the lifestyle they all live has the suspects piling up. A wife being cheated on, a secretary being cheated on, a pissed off husband, exotic dancers, all figure in and muddy the waters for detective Salmon.
This is certainly a different sort of mystery. The main difference is the paranormal element. This a dark mystery that combines the fast lane lifestyle with the underbelly of society. Lance is a guy that gets sucked into the melee kicking and screaming. He would rather not be in this position, but he has the guts to do the right thing. Hearing his wife's voice also gives him the courage to proceed although he doesn't necessarily welcome his new paranormal abilites. The plot takes several hard turns and weaves and winds all the way to the end. The author would like to call attention to the hardships of the economy and the effects of an over medicated society. This one is a wild and bumpy ride, but well worth it. This one gets an A.
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Reading Progress

March 28, 2014 – Started Reading
March 28, 2014 – Shelved
March 28, 2014 – Shelved as: e-book
March 28, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery-shelf
March 28, 2014 – Shelved as: paranormal
March 31, 2014 – Shelved as: crime
March 31, 2014 – Finished Reading

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