California Bear: A Novel

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In 2018, a dormant predator is roused from a decades-long slumber. He was known as The California Bear and his spree of murder and mayhem haunted citizens and perplexed law enforcement. The hunger has arisen inside him again. As one killer plots his next strike, an alleged killer is set to rejoin society. Jack “Killer” Queen was convicted of running over a wealthy realtor, but his conviction was overturned due to new evidence uncovered by a retired detective. Jack wants to begin life anew and reconnect with his teenage daughter Matilda. However, Jack’s savior, Cato Hightower has plans for Jack. Hightower wants to enlist Jack in a convoluted plan to nab a killer and make some money in the process. Jack rebuffs Hightower initially, but begins to feel differently once he learns Matilda is sick and funds are in short supply.

California Bear is the newest thrilling mystery from Duane Swierczynski(“Revolver”). The story is seen through the eyes of various characters and each perspective proves compelling and rewarding. The story’s heart is Matilda, aka “The Girl Detective” who doesn’t let Leukemia stand in the way of searching for justice in her father’s case. This is a story with plenty of chills coupled with heart and humor.

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Author Duane Swierczynski
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date 09-Jan-2024
ISBN 9780316382977 Buy this Book
Issue March 2024
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller