This book really grabs you from page one! I don’t read fictionalised crime novels that often. So, in all honestly, this probably wouldn’t have been a novel that I would pick up on my own accord. But, I am very glad that I got the chance to review it.
The Beholderfollows protagonist independent detective, Zac Hunter, (who I have learned that author Steven Hague has dedicated a whole series to) as he takes on a case to find a missing young girl. Zac’s journey will lead him down the seediest parts of the Mexican slave trafficking trade and test his sleuthing skills and overall passion for justice.
On the other side of the coin, is a young woman named Carmen who willingly wonders into the sex-filled underbelly. She does this in order to save her twin sister, who was sold off by their own father. Can one young woman overcome a whole corrupted industry made to dehumanise her very gender?
The novel is a major treat for fans of both crime and mystery. Steven Hague’s storytelling is peppered with twists and turns throughout the duration of the novel. One minute you’ll think you know where it is going to go, but then Hague throws you for a loop!
Be warned that The Beholder is chock full of some very sleazy characters due to its theme of sex trafficking. Not to mention, there is quite a bit of death and heavy gore. A lot of risqué language is to be expected as well. If any of this makes you uncomfortable, you should probably stay away from this one. All those that are left, please pick up this book and enjoy one wild ride! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
by Steven Hague
When unlicensed PI Zac Hunter takes on a routine missing person case for a hotshot movie producer, he figures he can do a little good and make a little dough. But as the case sucks him deeper into the seedy underworld of L.A.’s strip clubs and sex dens, he starts to wonder just what the hell he’s gotten himself into.
Eight hundred miles away, a deranged serial killer who calls himself the Beholder has a master plan. He’s waited the best part of twenty years to get reacquainted with Hunter, and now he finally has the object of his obsession in his sights.
As the two men draw inexorably closer, the death toll climbs on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, while the misery of illegal immigration and enforced prostitution is laid bare. Soon, the Beholder’s depraved scheme will bring about their reunion, and Hunter will find himself at the mercy of a true psychopath – a man whose capacity for evil knows no bounds…