It’s time. Time for my review of Tiger Paw by Charles A. Cornell!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway afterwards.
I have been talking about this book for days. Posted about it twice. Now, finally I am ready to tell you all about it.
One million people, a flash mob, have shown up for Occupy Wall Street, effectively shutting down everything from Central Park all the way to Wall Street. One million very angry people.
Wall Street’s biggest and “most high” brokers hide in their towers of glass and steel, fearing bodily harm or death if they venture out.
The “Roar” of “We are the 99%, Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Ignore” reverberated through Wall Street. It was going to take National Guard troops to disperse this mob, born of frustration and desperation.
FBI Special Agent Scott Forrester is sitting in the Big Sky Bar at Denver Airport watching the National Guard enter New York City on TV. After a four-hour delay due to heavy snowfall, his flight to Washington D.C. should be available soon.
Scott’s partner Trish calls him from NYC, the mob is so loud he can’t quite make out everything she’s saying. Something about a vintage 1955 Mercedes Gullwing Coupe, a million dollar car, found sitting on top of a garbage barge in the harbor. His orders are clear. Forget Washington. Catch the FBI jet to East Hampton and a police cruiser will take him where he needs to go.
Scott’s ride drops him off at Carleton Mansion, home of the billionaire Matthew Carleton. His first thought upon seeing it is “The person who had this built made one helluva bargain.”
It looks like Matthews bill has come due. He was killed slowly, with his own “sin.” Left at the crime scene is a message written in a language no one recognized, and beside it, a bloody paw print.
Another signature murder. Scott has been chasing this elusive killer for over six months, from California to Florida, then Wyoming, and now New York.
His biggest questions are, what is the message and why kill these people?
As more of the “Elite of Wall Street” meet their grisly ends, this story takes a bizarre turn into the world of cults.
A meeting with Professor Chandra at the Freer Gallery gives Scott and Trish insight into the mind of the killer, and just maybe an answer to why the victims were targeted. The display of Manifestations of the Divine: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient India is the reason they are at the gallery. Dr. Chandra shows them the painting of The Revenge of Dvaipa, a Demon-Goddess of Ancient India. The painting was lost when the Indian government ordered the sect be disbanded in the early 19th century. It was found a few years ago and, not wanting the cult to start up again, they exiled the painting on a non-stop tour of the world’s galleries. Dvaipa is known as “revenge incarnate” and her followers could be called Satanists. A very disturbing painting, Dvaipa is half-human and half-tiger, wielding her scythe, the Tiger’s Paw. The professor tells Scott the answers lie in the painting.
What does this have to do with Wall Street’s finest?
Follow Scott as he digs into the investigation, uncovering blind lead after blind lead, to India and back again. He feels he is beginning to understand the killer, with help from some unusual sources.
This story is so scary. People, including me, are so fed up with the “psychophants”(my spelling) lining their pockets while we supply that money with our blood-sweat. The Stinking Rich get Stinking Richer!
Tiger Paw was a very tumultuous read for me. It touches on everything that’s wrong in government and Wall Street. Millionaires, billionaires and Fortune 500 CEOs, they are all about the money. Money means control and power.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like this story in today’s headlines. In fact, I’m surprised we haven’t seen it already.
This book made me all emotional. Am I supposed to feel bad for the victims? Sorry, not happening. I think they got their comeuppance and I hope they forget to pay the Ferryman!
I am not even going to try to give this book a STAR rating. It goes so far beyond that.
Charles A. Cornell is a magnificent storyteller, and his debut novel is brilliant. I can imagine the challenge he faces when writing the next two books. It will be hard to top this.
Charles has offered up 3 e-book copies of Tiger Paw for this giveaway. As usual, entry is easy. Just leave your email address along with a comment to Charles about what you like most about tigers.
While it is not required, it would be so nice if you followed my blog and visited Charles at the links provided below.
Last day to enter is August 31, 2012. Don’t wait!
And if you would be so kind, please hit that tweet button. Thank you so much:)
Do you know the wonderful thing about Tigger? He’s the only one!
Charles threw out a challenge to me and my sister. We both started reading Tiger Paw at the same time. I said it was no contest as she spends all day reading while I bust butt at work! So you know she was finished way before me.
A second Contest:
For another chance to win, hop over to Sherry’s blog http://wp.me/p2uiv4-28 .
Read her review of Tiger Paw and enter for a chance to win. She also has 3 e-books to give away!
I am curious to read her review too. But I won’t be able to do so until I hit that Publish button. We are side by side. Ready, Set, Go!
Now a third chance to win! Just answer this question by Charles: What is one thing tigers CAN’T do that other big cats can do? Leave your comment in the box below for another chance to win. If you need clues go here: http://wp.me/p27ipo-lM
This just in!
We have three winners for the mini giveaway. The answer was climbing trees! The three lucky winners are
To see what happens when tigers climb trees, check out this video:
There are still three e-books up for grabs!
Visit Charles at his blog to learn more about his efforts to save the tiger.