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Franz Waldbaer must solve a murder, ostensibly one with no witnesses, no motive, and no weapon. What he discovers will reveal a dangerous entanglement of past sins and present terrorist agendas in modern Bavaria.
As a 25-year veteran of the CIA, the author has extensive experience he can draw upon to create believable, dramatic scenarios. He can create a realistic sense of suspense and danger. I commend him for limiting his characters to a manageable number, and for setting scenes well. The pacing was a bit slow at first, but it came around. In short, "Collision of Evil" displays some of the tiny faults common to many first novels, but nothing to stand in the way of the story. I would definitely read more from Mr. Le Beau based on this book, and look forward to seeing how his writing and storytelling style develops.
I'm not sure about the narrator. I wish readers would drop what they perceive to be a German accent. I never know whether to laugh or cry.
I don't read a lot in this genre, but selected this book as a compromise for a long trip. I love Bavaria, my companion loves thrillers. Four stars from each of us, and best of luck to Mr. Le Beau.
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