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Time Trial
by R.E. Derouin

Category: Fiction / General
223 pages; ISBN: 1-890437-27-1

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Paul Lappen


Pennsylvania police detective David Dean is spending time in present-day Ouray County, Colorado, recovering from a gunshot wound received in the line of duty. One day, his quiet convalescence is shattered by the sudden arrival of five unwanted and eccentric individuals. They seem to have a strange interest in a place called Byrd's Song, a homestead high above the ghost town of Sneffels.

Among the visitors are Dorrie Briscoe, a woman who is less-than-picky about her choice of sleeping partners, and whose teenage daughter, Natalie, gives new meaning to the word "precocious". Neil Archer is a history professor and old friend of Dean's with a taste for much younger women, including Natalie. The group is led by henry Whitcomb, an obnoxious millionaire whose wife and son were murdered two years earlier.

Whitcomb claims to have discovered an old head-mounted device called the Klaxton Turban, that will send the mind of the user back in time. He is convinced that he was in Byrd's Song over 100 years ago, and is obsessed with finding out for sure, one way or the other. A trip to present-day Byrd's Song brings up many clues that tend to support Whitcomb's memories of his journey. Could this be a sort-of time machine, or something more mundane? Dean doesn't believe in the Turban for a second, but. . .

I really enjoyed this novel. Derouin does a very good job with the characters and the descriptions of present-day Colorado. The mystery part was also well-done. I am looking forward to the next David Dean mystery.


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