Review: Blake Sanders is a man, who has experienced a life-long struggle with ADD, but a man who was happy and felt he had everything: a wife, a son, a home, and a good job
until he lost it all. Now his main source of income is delivering newspapers in the early morning hours, a job that would soon land him in the middle of not only a murder investigation, but also an international conspiracy in Night Blind, a stand-alone thriller by Michael W. Sherer.
Midge Babcock was an elderly woman that Blake like to visit in the early morning hours when he delivered her newspaper. She was always up when he came by. One morning as he approached her home, he saw there were no lights on so he put the paper up by her door and left. He had no idea she had been murdered, brutally stabbed to death. The killer had parked his car far enough away from the house so it would not be conspicuous, but close enough that he could see Blake. When Blake left the porch, the killer called the police reporting unusual activity at Midges home, giving a description of the man who had just left the house: a tall man, 68 or so, carrying a newspaper under his arm
in other words, Blake. Blake was arrested, but released on bail. Knowing how bad his situation is and how guilty he must look, his only chance at freedom is to find out who killed Midge
Night Blind is an intricately plotted, multi-layered mystery. Midge is believed to have possessed information about a secret from the 1800s known only to a priest and a small number of nuns, that of a shipment of millions of dollars worth of gold and possibly biological or chemical weapons that was hidden somewhere beneath Seattle. An international spy is seeking the location, and now the police and Naval intelligence have been brought in. At the center of it all, however, is the well-drawn character of Blake Sanders, a man some believe Midge may have confided in, someone who may possess information that others will kill to get, but not be aware that he knows it. This is an exciting, well-crafted thriller and most certainly a satisfying one.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Night Blind.
Acknowledgment: Thomas & Mercer provided a copy of Night Blind for this review.
Review Copyright © 2012 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved
Location(s) referenced in Night Blind: Seattle, Washington
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Night Blind by Michael W. Sherer
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: October 2012
List Price: $14.95