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Lone Wolf

by Linwood Barclay

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Newspaper writer, family man, and reluctant hero Zack Walker has stumbled onto some dicey stories before, but nothing like what he’s about to uncover when a mutilated corpse is found at his father’s lakeside fishing camp. As always, Zack fears the worst. And this time, his paranoid worldview is dead-on.

While the locals attribute the death to a bear attack, Zack suspects something far more ominous—a predator whose weapons include arson, assault, and enough wacko beliefs to fuel a dozen hate groups. Then another body is discovered and a large supply of fertilizer goes missing, evoking memories of the Oklahoma City bombing. But it’s when he learns that his neighbor is a classic Lone Wolf—FBI parlance for a solo fanatic hell-bent on using high body counts to make political statements—that Zack realizes the idyllic town of his childhood is under siege. The fuse is lit to a catastrophe of unimaginable terror. And with time running out, Zack must face off with a madman.

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I am not sure what to think. It is supposed to be a mystery/crime thriller but the "bad guys" and their plans are very obvious. I really liked Zack, a science-fiction writer turned reporter, who has an awkward relationship with his dad. They get to know each other better in this book and Zack learns some truths about his family. Zack is not your average crime novel protagonist- he is no tough guy, just a truth seeker. The book also had some nice humor and was engaging, just not suspenseful. The one thing that I found rather redundant was the stupidity of the chief of police.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Zack Walker is having a calm lunch with his friend Trixie when he gets a phone call no-one wants to get. At his father's lakeside fishing camp a mutilated body has been found and his father is missing. He rushes to the scene and finds himself embroiled in a lot of complicated and messy local politics, some of which looks like it might end up with him dead.

It's not bad, there was a lot of obviousness flagged, some of the interaction was very good and well done. Some of it was nicely complicated and characters weren't always black and white. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Apr 12, 2013 |
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Newspaper writer, family man, and reluctant hero Zack Walker has stumbled onto some dicey stories before, but nothing like what he’s about to uncover when a mutilated corpse is found at his father’s lakeside fishing camp. As always, Zack fears the worst. And this time, his paranoid worldview is dead-on.

While the locals attribute the death to a bear attack, Zack suspects something far more ominous—a predator whose weapons include arson, assault, and enough wacko beliefs to fuel a dozen hate groups. Then another body is discovered and a large supply of fertilizer goes missing, evoking memories of the Oklahoma City bombing. But it’s when he learns that his neighbor is a classic Lone Wolf—FBI parlance for a solo fanatic hell-bent on using high body counts to make political statements—that Zack realizes the idyllic town of his childhood is under siege. The fuse is lit to a catastrophe of unimaginable terror. And with time running out, Zack must face off with a madman.

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When a mutilated corpse turns up at his father's lakeside fishing camp, supposedly the victim of a vicious bear attack, journalist and family man Zack Walker begins to suspect something far more sinister and finds himself taking on a deadly predator with a host of terrifying weapons with a fanatical thirst for mayhem.… (more)

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