The Counselor Summary
Travis Call, a financial counselor, and a counselor in his Mormon bishopric, faces life in prison when his wife’s body is found in a shallow grave. He pleads his innocence, but many don’t believe him. A recent bout of Lyme Disease has fogged his thinking and causes him to doubt even himself.
With his best friend, Ross Keller, he begins the search for the real killer, only to find that true evil may be closer than he suspects.
Will Travis solve this mystery before he, too, becomes a victim?
The Counselor Review
The Counselor just might be one of the most twisted and convoluted suspense mysteries I’ve read in a while. It seemed rather obvious in the beginning, but then it wasn’t. Unlike many mysteries, this one doesn’t build up gradually, but puts you in the thick of it from the first page. And it doesn’t let up. I liked that. And I admit, there were parts of the story where I felt as conflicted and puzzled as our protagonist appeared.
While there is plenty of action, this is a “clean” read without vulgarity, profanity or gratuitous sex and violence. For me, that made this story even more enjoyable.
The writing is excellent, without a lot of fluff. Mr. Taylor writes descriptively, and much of the story comes in dialogue, both as Travis converses with other characters, and his own internal dialogue as he struggles to make sense of what is happening to him and around him. Murder mysteries are one of my favorite genres and I often pride myself on “cracking the case” well before the end. I definitely didn’t do it this time.
So, if you enjoy mystery and suspense, don’t enjoy needless gore, and love to be kept guessing until the very end, The Counselor is the book for you. Just make sure you have time to read, because you won’t want to put this one down.
About the Author
Curtis Taylor is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. His fiction includes A Grand Conspiracy, The Counselor, American Grace, The Dinner Club (revised as Rolling Home), and The Invisible Saint (revised as The Invisible Saint Revisited). His nonfiction includes Embraced by The Light (co-authored with Betty J. Eadie), and The Burning Within (co-authored with Ranelle Wallace). His most recent screenplay is The Review, a story set loosely on American Grace. He and his wife, Janet, live in Modesto, California.
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