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21 April 2010

Book Review: Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino


Title: Web of Secrets
Author: Ernesto Patino
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Publication Date: June 2009
Paperback: 195 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60318-124-2
Genre: Mystery

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About the Novel:

Some family history is too dangerous to be revealed. Sarah Baker's search for the truth about her adoption uncovered a tangled web of deadly secrets:

A phone call from a blackmailer turned Sarah's life upside down. The man claimed to know the circumstances of her illegal adoption thirty years ago. He also revealed some shocking facts about her real parents. Rather than have the blackmailer go public with the information and risk her husband's career, she agreed to a one-time payoff. Their situation was far from resolved, and doubts about her heritage put a strain on their once ideal marriage. Sarah still didn't have verification of the truth. She needed more details. Were there any brothers or sisters, or other family members nearby? Had the same blackmailer approached them too? Hiring a Private Investigator seemed the only option, but it meant opening a Pandora's box. Sarah needed confirmation and closure, and was willing to take the risk.

Ex FBI investigator turned P. I. Joe Coopersmith was up to the task, but working on a thirty-year-old mystery wouldn't be easy. Joe didn't realize it might also turn deadly...


My Review:

Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino is a story of blackmail, illegal adoptions, and the search for the truth. Sarah was adopted thirty years ago and never knew anything about her birth parents but upon receiving a mysterious phone call, then a letter blackmailing her into payment or the sordid details of her inter-racial birth parents and her illegal adoption will be made public, she did not know where to turn. Sarah hires a private investigator to uncover the truth as Patino writes an interesting story about the hunt for Sarah's birth parents. Patino paints an in-depth portrait of the life of a private investigator, in this instance, P.I. Coopersmith and the joys and dangers that come with the job. Without adding spoiler alerts, I really did not understand some of the issues regarding the race of the parents and most of the characters felt flat to me. However, the book moves at a fast clip and weaves together many tales the P.I. uncovers leading to a conclusion that is surprising.

About the author:

Ernesto Patino grew up in El Paso where he graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and taught school for a couple of years before joining the FBI as a Special Agent. His career spanned 23 years, most of which were spent in South Florida. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona, and divides his time between writing and working as a private investigator.

Ernesto is the author of a children’s book, A Boy named Paco, and a novel, In the Shadow of a Stranger, which was published in England. When he is not working as a P.I. or writing a book, you can usually find him at a local dance studio where he continually strives to perfect his skills as a ballroom dancer. For more information visit his website.

I received a complimentary copy of Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino from AME to review. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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1 comment:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This story does sound intriguing. The author's FBI background most assuredly must have informed how he wrote about these events.

Thanks for sharing.