When a well respected truck driver, the owner of a family trucking business, is found dead in his truck down a steep embankment along the Coquihalla highway that winds through the mountains in British Columbia, his distraught daughter wants to know how and why his truck left the highway on an easy uphill curve. This compels Hunter Rayne, a fellow trucker and retired RCMP detective with daughters of his own, to help her find answers.
As he uncovers signs of illegal cross border activity originating in a Seattle warehouse, Hunter recruits an old friend, an outlaw biker, to infiltrate what appears to be an international smuggling ring. But while Hunter follows up clues and waits for critical information from his old friend, the wily biker starts to play his own angles.
Finally, putting all the pieces together, there in the dark on the same uphill curve on the Coquihalla highway, Hunter risks it all to confront the murderer.
Slow Curve on the Coquihalla is the first in a traditional mystery series featuring “semi-” professional sleuth, Hunter Rayne. After serving over 20 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and becoming a skilled detective, Hunter resigned from the force and took to the road as a long haul trucker. His ex-wife is convinced he is running away from the personal tragedy that made him leave a job he loved. Hunter himself doesn’t know why, he only knows he has to keep following the white lines.
“highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review
“… the world of long-distance truckers remains closed to most of us. Not so for R. E. Donald. She and her late husband spent decades in the transportation industry. This mystery novel, Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, uses that experience wonderfully well.
This book is filled with details of what life is really like for long-haulers and the people who love them. It’s tough enough for a guy who isn’t sure about reading mysteries; and satisfying for any mystery fan who loves convoluted plots.” – Sharon Wildwind, Story Circle Book Reviews
Print edition ISBN 978-0-9881118-06
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What readers are saying:
“Never thought I would enjoy a truck driver based mystery, but I sure did. The characters were very down to earth and well fleshed out. The mystery kept me guessing until the last few pages, not like some that give it away 3/4 of the way through so they can do an immense capture and wrap up escapade. I’ll definitely continue to follow this series.”
Steve White, Goodreads review
“Those were the best mysteries I’ve read in a long time!! As soon as I finished the first one I bought the second and felt empty when I finished it! The characters were awesome and so there that I somehow think they are in my life and I should be bumping into them at IGA or Gibson’s Building Supplies! … I can hardly wait for the next one.”
Judi H., Roberts Creek, B.C.
“R.E. Donald’s traditional mystery SLOW CURVE ON THE COQUIHALLA is everything the genre represents. It isn’t until the last pages when you know the killer that your mind flips back to realize all the clues were there, but they were buried in a polished story. A great take to bed read for anyone who loves crime fiction in a traditional fashion.”
Nash Black, Jamestown, KY, (author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH)