, Derry, New Hampshire


December 26, 2013

Column: First-time author pens a first-class thriller


There are no wasted scenes in “Final Shot,” no passages of lengthy exposition that go nowhere. Only taut, expertly crafted scenes with dialogue that sounds like real people talking. And the story moves rapidly, as if fired from a proverbial cannon.

I got completely wrapped up in the world Ira creates for the reader. I’ve read plenty of mysteries and watched my share on television and at the movies, and just when I thought that I could predict Ira’s next move ... not so fast. There’s another twist, another turn, another angle that kept me guessing.

Don’t read “Final Shot” because Ira Kalina is my brother-in-law. Read it because it’s well-written, good, old-fashioned fun.

Go to the Amazon web site and type in “Final Shot.” It’s available in paperback or on Kindle. You won’t be able to put it down.

John Edmondson is a teacher in Hampstead.

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