THE WIND IN MY HEART
BY DOUGLAS WYNNE
PUBLISHER: CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING
I've always found reincarnation fascinating and Buddhist philosophy interesting, so when Crystal Lake Publishing offered a free ARC in exchange for an honest review of The Wind In My Heart, I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm so glad I did.
Simply put, this was a really good book.
Miles Landry is a typical 'gumshoe' in this crime noir (with dark and macabre elements) story set in the 1991. A loner, a drinker, carrying baggage from his past and living day to day with the cash in his pocket. But he's smart and quick-witted with an open mind, which are good qualities to have when Buddhist Monks hire you to investigate the Chinatown Monster. The Monster is killing Chinese gang/mob members and the monks believe he is the reincarnation of an angry monk that "gave up his robes and became a solider," and died in 1961.
Miles follows the clues around his stomping grounds of NYC's Chinatown, many times getting close, just to have the Monster slip away, until the surprising conclusion, which comes fast, but works so well for the story.
Mr. Wynne enlightens us about Buddhist practices, tantras and why monasteries have a patron protector deity, which are demons tamed by a master Guru, with the right balance, that keeps the story interesting and moving toward.
The Wind In My Heart is a refreshingly unique story and one not pass up. 5 stars.
**I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.