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by Frederick Ramsey
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Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A dying lion in Botswana, Africa, a self-made man who climbed over anyone's back to achieve his goals, his namby-pamby stepson, and his outrageous gold-digging wife all conspire to create a sometimes confusing mystery that nevertheless keeps the reader captivated. Predators by Frederick J. Ramsey, author of the Ike Schwartz series, parallels the corporate head with a failing heart with an old lion who sees a future of being chased from his pride by younger members.

The business czar, Leon Painter, is rounding out his years by having second thoughts about his methods of getting the upper hand by spurious means. However, the fact that he levered the owner of his company out the door and then divorced the man's daughter doesn't seem to bother him too much. Can't expect a devil to turn into a saint just because the end of his days are around the corner. His stepson is truly a loser and that wife of his should be written up in history books.

The time spent in Botswana proves very intriguing. Not many writers take their mysteries to this country, although Alexander McCall Smith managed to write a hit series located there. I would like Ramsey to spend more time there also. Although Smith's crimes are more mundane, Ramsey makes his mark with flying colors.

As I found with another of Ramsey's books, the back story takes a while to catch up with the action. Once that happens, the plot moves forward with speed, suspense, and plenty of riotous humor. Ramsey can weave a tale that keeps the reader quickly turning pages, to close the book with a satisfied smile. Whether you catch the drift before the ending (I didn't) or not, Predators is worth the read.

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