Author: Raymond Lee Hegstad
Released: November 4, 2017
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Thriller
Obsessed with finding a serial killer whom he has chased for years, Salem Grey has moved to a small town in Littleton, Washington. Operating as a police chief and from his compound home, he is finally closing in. With the help of his lady forensic M.E., a dangerous and shocking reality is being unveiled.
Salem got up and refilled their drinks. He could not help but appreciate the peace and tranquility which always arrived with Riva. His eyes drifted to the front of the fireplace and the stretched out shepherds lying as if they had not a care in the world…he envied them. “I think I know, but I’m missing a piece or two; I’d rather sleep on it and see what emerges in the morning. Right now it feels like when you’re finishing a one-thousand piece puzzle and you discover a piece or two is missing.” Salem handed Ree her glass of white wine. “I’m almost there.”
Being in charge of any investigation is tricky, but being in charge of a murder investigation is downright scary! What would you do first? What happens when protocol goes out the window and you are forced to play by the criminal’s rules? Hegstad has some engaging twists and turns in this story that will leave readers guessing for a while.
Salem Grey has been chasing a criminal who goes by “The Director” for some time now. He gets called in when a shady murder takes place in a local diner. Now, Salem doesn’t care about politics or rumors; he is a straight shooter looking only for the truth and that is what he sets out to uncover. And the truth is…someone seems to have gone through an awful lot of trouble to make the murder look like “The Director”. But…there are some crucial details that were left out of the paper and do not appear at this crime scene. When things start to get a little heated, like actual killers being caught and then killed by someone else…Salem begins to get suspicious if “The Director” is actually in town, lying in wait for his/her turn for the limelight. Salem knows he’s close, especially when he starts receiving unwelcome visitors with blow darts. How is he going to get out of this mess when everyone seems to be in on the hide and seek game, except for him?
Hegstad has an entertaining first installment with likeable characters, but this story somewhat feels rushed and may cause some confusion with the reader since there is no differentiation between character point of view changes. Also, this story lacks a good editor. If you are a reader of crime fiction and mysteries, you may enjoy reading this story. It is the first installment of the Salem Grey Series; therefore, readers can jump right in.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to The Phantom Director’s Cut by Raymond Lee Hegstad.
Raymond Hegsted was Born in Juneau, Alaska and raised by a truck driving Dad. Joined the Army on voluntary draft and served with 4th infantry Regimental Intelligence and Reconnaissance reaching the rank of corporal.
He spent time living and working in Italy where he also got the chance to travel to many other European countries. After returning to America he helped develop a computerized scheduling system for the Oklahoma Scheduling Department.
After ten years of marriage ended in divorce he was sent to Ohio to head up corporate scheduling. Here he married second wife, Dr. Glena Louise Hegstad (A Montessori teacher). He then took early retirement, started and managed 5 different Montessori Daycare Schools (three of them in Flagstaff, Arizona under the name of The GlenMar Corporation).
Raymond wrote his first book at the age of sixty-one. His wife got her Doctorate in education and he wrote books. He love writing! One of the reasons he decided to write was “I got tired of seeing ever one else on TV; I was vicariously living their life and not my own. Everyone had a story…share yours.” He and his wife and have enjoyed many years with their four+one children…one child adopted them. They have been happily married for many years.