Neil Marshall is a multi-dimensional character, friendly, loyal, and easy to like.
The rest of the cast are also well fleshed out with their own quirks and personalities.
The many twists and turns kept me guessing who killed Jason, but I didn't have a clue until it was revealed.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Neil Marhsall is a graduate student in the University of Houston's creative writing program and a promising young poet.
However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So, to make ends mee, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high-society caterer.
Just when Neil's life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.
To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding.
Neil's friends -- his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman -- offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.
In addition to The Wastelanders Series, he also published the Neil Marshall Mystery Series set in Houston, Texas. These include If Wishes Were Horses, A Whisper of Rage (nominated for a Shamus Award), People in Glass Houses, A Catered Christmas (the one he most enjoyed writing), and Dead Man’s Broth. He has also has various short works of fiction, most prominently published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Tim Hemlin currently lives with his family outside Houston, Texas. When he’s not writing or counseling, he runs marathons.