2020 Press (2018)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (10/18)
Once again author Mark Gilleo has provided readers with an over-the-top read involving murder, grief, secrets and lies in “Out of Tupelo.”
Edward Winston, the main character, finds his wife Holly missing after he returns from his office at Fujita Automotive where he works as an IT engineer. It seems rather peculiar that she would leave her purse, keys and wallet are on the sofa, and her car is parked in front of the house. Calling 911, Edward finds that even though his statement is taken, and he is assured the local law enforcement will look for her, he soon finds some discrepancies in their findings. Given that Edward is not a sit-back-and-let-others-do-it-their-way kind of guy, he begins his own investigation.
Like most of us in a situation like this, we want action done yesterday and have difficulty waiting on someone else’s time frame. I know for me I am very hyper and anxious when it comes crisis that occurs involving my family and feel I can do it better myself. Little does Edward realize that he has opened “Pandora's box.” At his last rope, Edward calls in a favor from a past acquaintance. In doing so he puts many others in harm's way, or worse.
I found Gilleo’s story to be engaging, and the characters to be well developed and relatable. The plot was amazing, crafty and the author was able to take multiple characters and scenarios to provide a glued-to-your-seat mystery. Many of the characters such as Pervis Wade the local sleaze bag and town criminal, made me want to shoot him myself.
The author did a great job in researching and relating information about the underground groups in Japan and their loyalty to their leader and job. And, just when I thought Edward had solved the murder, the author threw in a twist that stunned me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story within a story; it was thought-provoking, suspenseful and very entertaining. I highly recommend “Out of Tupelo” by Mark Gilleo for all who love great suspense read that will leave you saying “What?”