Title: Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel (The Detective Mike Eiser Series Book 3)
Author: Clabe Polk
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime Drama
The Havens, a family with roots growing deep in the muck of Southern mountain bootlegging have progressed from selling illicit corn whiskey through marijuana farming to (in the current generation) methamphetamine production. A set of triplets; Jack, a meth producer and wife of Susan, Jason, another meth producer, who hooks Susan to infuriate Jack, and Jake, a local handyman who creates unholy alliances against Jack and Jason…and a father playing each against the other for his own profit, combine to light a fuse destined to blow the Haven family apart.
Two murder investigations; one by Detective Mike Eiser, and one by a detective in a neighboring county, coupled with a DEA clandestine drug lab investigation combine to pressure the Havens.
Susan’s in the middle. Is she a victim? Is she a survivor? Or is Susan the flame that ignites the powder keg to blow the Haven family apart?
Another fantastic Detective Eisner story from the pen of one of the best murder mystery writers of the 21st century. Reading this book I couldn't stop playing CDB in my head... Fire on the Mountain, run boys run, the Devil is in the houses of the Haven sons!
The story is taut with tension and intrigue while the twists and turns keep the reader guessing. What makes this series such a great read are the superb recurring characters. Poplar Bluff is such a homey place; I can practically taste what Bertie is cooking as the special. Having Angelica there selling real estate while Quinton and Sondra mess about...I have a sense of closeness with these characters who have come and gone throughout this great series.
The obvious connection to Breaking Bad can't be overlooked but this book is more than that. There’s sibling rivalry here that would make Cain and Abel look like buddies.
From start to finish a hard to put down page turner that will captivate any reader. I recommend this book to anyone and especially to fans of classic murder mysteries.
5 stars isn't enough and now I have to read the first two books and look so forward to book 6! My current fave series that to my mind rivals my past love of WEB Griffin's war series.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written three novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process. He is a Christian and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.
Having an educational background in biology and natural sciences, Mr. Polk applied his knowledge and experience in professional environmental protection, retiring after nearly thirty-seven years in environmental protection program management, law enforcement, chemical emergency response and training. He grew up in and spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, farms and industries of Florida and Georgia. Besides reading and writing, he loves fishing, boating, sailing, gardening and anything creative.
He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Cockapoo named Annie.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N