I could not resist my second visit with Spider Latham in this third adventure sent by adept author, Liz Adair, and was once again warmed by her lovely tough but moral protagonists.
When father Spider kneels beside his reluctant and troubled son Bobby to pray, you know that this is a caring dad of the old fashioned kind. When the same man hurtles over a cliff on a mountain-bike in his second attempt to ride this new-fangled machine, or takes a punch in the face in a case of mistaken identity, you also know that this is one tough son-of-a-gun. He is also a husband who feels guilty in leaving his wife Laurie to the imprisonment of looking after his dementure-ridden mother.
Deputy Sheriff Spider takes a week or two off without pay to accept a job offered by a mining magnate and businessman, Brick Tremain to find out why his son-in-law has disappeared after a visit to the Snakewater Mine. The miners are suspicious of Spider and at first uncooperative, but as a trained mine fitter, he solves a problem for them and wins their trust. The plot is suitably puzzling and twisted and the skeins are unravelled with tantalizing tension.
The characters are flesh and blood and the back stories intriguingly real. The motives are valid and reactions perfectly acceptable. Bravo, Liz Adair. Five stars.