Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: 'The Fugitive's Trail' by J.C. Fields

Missouri author J.C. Fields earned a degree in Psychology and. After college he joined a large computer corporation and has utilized skills learned there to introduce computer usage to numerous companies. This mastery of the computer technology made Fields’ movement into the Blog system of sharing his writing skills with a broad audience a natural transition so that now he can devote his time to his passion for writing, creating short stories and novels in the mystery/thriller and science fiction arenas in the printed form also. He is currently the Treasurer for the Springfield Writers' Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writer's Guild. THE FUGITIVE’S TRAIL is his publishing debut

What we are fortunate to read is the first installment in what appears to be a series named after the lead character of these novels- Sean Kruger. Fields writes as though he were preparing a screenplay, so assiduous is his setting the atmosphere of the scenes of his novel. The first chapter is a fully realized crime, adroitly scribed, and this skill follows the writing through the book.

The plot can be summarized as follows: How do you find a ghost? That’s what FBI Agent Sean Kruger must do. He is dispatched to New York City to find a fugitive who is accused of killing one man and wounding another in the lobby of a high profile investment firm. Once there, Kruger learns the only information known about the man is his name. Everything else has been erased from the system. Once Kruger digs deeper into the case, he discovers wealthy and powerful men working behind the scenes. These men are determined to keep the truth about the incident and the fugitive from being revealed. In the ensuing search for the suspect, Kruger is pitted against a ruthless foe who is determined to find the fugitive first. When the cat and mouse game turns lethal, Kruger must use all of his skills and experience to save the fugitive, the truth, and even himself.’

Sean Kruger immediately steps off the page as a memorable character along the lines of Jack Ryan of Tom Clancy’s indelible creation. It will be interesting to follow the episodes that follow in this series to see if Fields can maintain the high standard he has set for himself – and for Sean Kruger. Bet he does! Grady Harp, October 15

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