Book: Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne highway mystery) by R.E. Donaldcategories: Book, Detective, Crime, Police, Whodunit, Canadian, RCMP, British Columbia, Mountie, Truck, Hunter Rayne Mystery
R.E. Donaldabout this book: I love a good mystery! Ever since I was a child, I have also felt compelled to write. It's only natural that when I began to write fiction, I produced the kind of book I like to read. I wanted to write traditional 'whodunit' mysteries with a uniquely North American setting. What's more North American than long haul trucking? The Hunter Rayne highway mysteries have drawn on my 25 years of experience in the North American transportation industry to introduce realistic characters and situations that interact to create complex traditional mystery stories. The characters are paramount. I try to choose a serious theme for every novel, and build subplots around the theme. In the first Highway Mystery, Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, the plot and subplots revolve around father-daughter relationships.
The first 'final draft' of Slow Curve was completed in 1995, and I was delighted to get a request from Mysterious Press for my manuscript right out of the starting gate. I also had several New York agents, including Patricia Cornwell's first agent, ask me for the manuscript. He said I was almost there, and asked me to submit my next manuscript. Unfortunately, Slow Curve on the Coquihalla never found a publisher, and neither did my second novel, Ice on the Grapevine. I continued to improve my writing skills and rewrote both novels, but I lost patience with the traditional publishing route, and took advantage of current technology to create my own imprint, Proud Horse Publishing. According to my fans, it seems I've now got a good thing going. I recently released the third novel in the series, Sea to Sky, and fans are already asking me for the next one.
One of my readers commented, "The hero to me is the heart of the story." The hero of the Highway Mysteries is Hunter Rayne, a former RCMP homicide detective who, like a lot of guys, has trouble with relationships. His best friend, a fellow RCMP detective, committed suicide and then Hunter's wife divorced him, mostly due to the strain his commitment work put on his marriage. He resigned from the RCMP, hoping that the solitude of life on the road would help him to recover from the emotional wounds he'd suffered. But even on the road, he can't seem to get away from murder. His boss, a tough and irascible female dispatcher named Elspeth Watson, manages to get him involved in murder investigations. His other 'sidekick' is a big blond biker from Yreka, California, who is always just one step away from trouble.
I hope you'll enjoy reading about Hunter and the other characters as much as I enjoy writing about them. I always love to hear back from my readers, so please keep in touch.
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