By Marivir R. Montebon
Tim Sheard’s eighth crime novel “In Hiding” (published by the Hard Ball Press, fiction, 2013, 299 pages) is a gripping, breath taking story of the invisible crime of sex trafficking in New York City. Having Peter as the main character – a clueless, hopeless romantic in search of his ‘crush’, Angie, who suddenly got out of his sight – renders the reader unsuspecting of what is to unfold before Pete’s very eyes.
“In Hiding”, created by Sheard who is a retired nurse and president of the National Writers Union – New York chapter, slaps us with the reality that New York City is home to the most sophisticated sex trade syndicates, apart from being the world’s financial and cultural capital.
Each page of the book is a turner, as sneaky Pete (he is a devoted admirer to Angie who gazes at her from his apartment window every night and day) unravels the tracks of his missing love interest. I am thrilled at his genius, and unusual dare at cyber spying in order to get Angie’s financial and health information, and found out that she is HIV-positive.
The fat pimp, the Black Pearl, too is unforgettable for me. It is creepy how she and her giant heavily-bodied Boa constrictor had literally meant death for the trafficked women in the city.
The characters surrounding Pete: his friends at the apartment, Angie’s friends, Detective Gisondi, and the women’s group busting sex traffickers all revolved in a suspenseful and highly suspicious manner that make the story persuasively exciting till the end.
The best gauge for a book for me is when I never put it down. This is another thumbs-up for Tim Sheard’s work. People who come to New York must read “In Hiding” to wisen up. The Big Apple could be poisonous.
Get a copy of In Hiding at www.hardballpress.com
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