Six Months of September
Author: Mark Allen
Sometimes things happen for a reason but not always. Duncan Walsh was fired from his job as a reporter for thing to help out an fellow colleague being harassed by what some might say a hot shot reporter thinking his actions are above reproach. However, Channel 8 decided that Manley the man in question could grope, probe and sexually harass and pinch any part of any female employee and get away with it. So, when Duncan decides to intervene he gets canned.
With time on his hands he decides to visit the local Chicago Museum of Natural History where he quickly becomes smitten with a tour guide named Agnes. Thinking that she is someone special he asks her on a date. Agnes attends a local university and is about to go off on an archeological dig. Excited about this assignment and calling Duncan before she leaves expressing that she could not wait to get started on this project and join in the dig, when Agnes never shows up things start to heat up not just for those trying to find her, but Duncan too. Agnes seems to have just disappeared and for some reason Duncan is bent on finding her. Not allowing too much time to lapse Duncan decides to take on the role of investigator and along the way engages the help of some very unlikely people. First, we meet James, Agnes’s boyfriend who finds Duncan quite amusing, annoying and definitely not your typical investigator. Imaginative and creative he enlists the help of a delinquent but computer and technology savvy teen who manages to create a blog for Duncan. With the help of this blog he’s able to gain access to a press pass and anyone press conferences related to her disappearance. But, as James and Duncan follow up on their wild and crazy leads, talk to Agnes’s roommates and try and get a handle on what really happened to her, they encounter many roadblocks, the biggest, the police commander who just happens to be James’s father who thinks her disappearance is nothing more than a young girl going off on her own. But, something happens and when searching the apartment of one of her roommate a startling discovery is made sending them in many different directions and wondering just who Agnes really is, what really happened to her and what is the connection between her disappearance and a second one too. Going to the college where she took courses, questioning anyone that might have seen her at the museum, coffee shop or in school someone does not want her found and lives are in danger. As James and Duncan begin to get answers shots ring out landing one of them in the hospital but not making the police work any harder to find Agnes. But, why you just won’t believe. Six Months of September: one month where so many happened it seemed like more that 6 months worth of events.
But, Duncan is not without resources as his best friend Luis, not only funds his quest to find Agnes, but also joins in the fun too along with Ginger. Ginger is hot for Duncan and works as a waitress in a pizza place along with Duncan who needs to job for spare cash. Duncan is smart, sarcastic, often goes over the top with his sharp tongue and wit. One Police Commander that would rather cuff him and put him away for life. One commander’s son who would rather be anywhere but in his father’s presence. As things heat up even more and another strange alliance is formed as someone within the police department just might hold some keys to what has happened to Agnes as her car is found in the canal but no Agnes. Agnes Nowakowski is smart, a paleontology tour guide at a museum who was excited about going on this dig. So where is she and why is Duncan so bent on finding someone that he took for one coffee date and met for only a brief moment. You never know how long it takes to fall for someone or when you might meet Mr. or Miss Right even if that person is taken as she was. Connecting by phone right before she was about to take off for the dig Duncan is the prime suspect in the disappearance.
Persistent, tenacious and definitely straightforward Duncan leads readers straight through his investigation into Agnes’s disappearance, his over zealous attitude and his disregard for any warnings given by the police. With one detective named Haid that he thinks is his ally and support he never expects to wind up in the slammer for obstruction. But, the facts are straightforward when Duncan and Jim discover a lead and the ending will take you from the jail, to a secluded beach and to places you just won’t believe when you learn who was behind the disappearance. The secrets that are revealed, the one witness who knew too much and was disposed of and the final outcome. Will they find Agnes before it’s too late? What about her relationship with Jim? Lies, secrets, betrayals, loyalties and trust are all tested in this murder/mystery that will leave readers wanting more of Duncan and enjoying his antics. An ending that will give someone their just desserts and a character that you have to love as Duncan Walsh begins a new career in investigative reporting with guess who as he marketing director and of course his best friend bank rolling it.
So, who is Z that Agnes mentions in her note that Duncan finds? Just why was she kidnapped and who took her? You just won’t believe the reasons why some people do things and feel that are justified? Lives are lost and many are changed but one thing remains constant: Duncan: His humor, sarcasm and totally lovability. So, what is next for Duncan? Only author Mark Allen and Duncan can answer that when he pens his next murder investigation. Six Months of September: a missing girl, someone is shot, jailed, fired, drive by shootings, kidnappings, murder and much more all in the span of one month which seemed like 6. This is a fast paced fun filled, action packed novel.
Fran Lewis: reviewer
Let’s give this one: FIVE GOLDEN PRESS PASSES: IRREVOCALBE!