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Overview Detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot race against time to find the kidnappers of Sal Anne "Silence" Ramirez, a seventeen-year-old mute autistic girl believed to have been abducted by a notorious biker gang and its charismatic leader who receives commands from Aztec gods.
Publishers Description SalAnne "Silence" Ramirez was an exceptional artist and, according to one of her teachers, brilliant. She was also autistic and mute and had not spoken a single word in her 17 years. When Silence is kidnapped on the eve of the Tahoe Biker Festival, the best guess is that the perpetrators are the Granite Mountain Boys, the notorious biker gang with ties to the most infamous Super Max Prison in the country. Detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot pursue the biker fraternity and their charismatic leader who speaks Aztec commands from Aztec gods. When the case seems hopeless, the kidnapped girl draws pictures of the kidnappers and figures out how to sneak them out of the house where she is held captive. But the pictures bring McKenna no closer to knowing where she is or why she was taken. Silence knows the reason. But that knowledge is locked up inside her mind. Time to save the girl is short. As McKenna tries to make sense of the autistic girl's drawings, he comes to a horrible realization. The kidnapper plans a ritual sacrifice at the next full moonrise...
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Thriller Press
ISBN 1931296154 ISBN13 9781931296151
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More About Todd Borg
Todd Borg is the author of the award-winning Owen McKenna mysteries set in the Lake Tahoe area. He's won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, Best Mystery and Best Thriller awards from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, and made several Top 5 and Top 10 lists. His novels are perennial Tahoe-Area bestsellers and he's made Amazon's Mystery Thriller Bestseller list.
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Tahoe Silence May 27, 2008
This whole series has been wonderful to read!! They are great mysteries, and I love that they are based in real places. If you've been to the Tahoe area, you can see/remember exactly what Todd Borg is describing. He is a great writer, and I can't wait for the next in the series!!
Tahoe Silence May 8, 2008
Having read every one of the Owen Mckenna series, I looked forward to the publication of Tahoe Silence with great anticipation. I honestly think it is Todd Borg's best by far. He has taken the series to a new level of character development while keeping his wonderful plot line and Tahoe area descriptions that were extant in the previous novels. What really blew me away, however, was his depth of understanding of people with autism. He goes beyond just having knowledge and using it to fill gaps. He has a depth of understanding that is remarkable, and he makes the character come alive with this understanding. If you want to really get a feel for autism while reading a truly delightful mystery with action and a surprise ending, get this book!
Todd Borg ROCKS! Everyone who reads should read Todd Borg's books!! Feb 24, 2008
As luck would have it, I happened to stumble upon a Todd Borg Owen McKenna mystery a few years ago. Once I cracked open the cover, I couldn't put the darn thing down until I read until the end! The following day, I was out purchasing the rest of the books in the series! I now wait,salivating,for each new release date. I feel as if I've won the reading lottery! Mr. Borg's writings are so amazingly realistic and beliveable. I find myself THERE helping Owen and Spot figure out who the bad guys are and what to do with them. Mr Borg is so good, that after being immersed in one of his stories,I really believe-even much later- that there is a PI in Tahoe named Owen McKenna. I almost expect to run into Owen and Spot-the-Great-Dane as I run errands around town! I admit to laughing out loud when Spot comes to life so vividly on each page with his doggy sighs and drools and other antics. If you like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, you will fall in love with Todd Borg's Owen McKenna with his trusty sidekick Spot the gorgeous Great Dane! (not to mention his hottie,enigmatic sweetie,Street and his rugged,cop-friend, Diamond Martinez) The author's descriptions of the picturesque scenery of Tahoe is so clear it's almost like watching a movie. I have hooked my family and friends on this author as well--ya gotta share a great thing! My crime-mystery-loving Pop declares Mr Borg writes better than Tony Hillerman. If you like mysteries,if you like action,if you like crime/cop stories, if you looove animals, if you love a good laugh, if you like books by Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone series -as mentioned above)OR Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta mysteries)OR Jonathan Kellerman(Alex Delaware mysteries)OR James Patterson(Alex Cross series)OR Kathy Reichs (Temperence Breneman series)...you just HAVE to take a chance on Todd Borg!! He is the absolutely the BEST! You will NOT regret picking up a book by this author, I swear you will be hooked after the first few pages and be back for more Don't just read one, get 'em ALL! Tahoe Silence is absolutely fantastic! I didn't let my 13 yr old son out of my sight for two weeks after I read this one,(much to his eternal scorn and dismay). Each book from Mr Borg gets better and better. Descriptions of people and places are so crisp and concise and the characters are ones that endure and get better with each new book. I appreciate that I can't figure out the plot until it's revealed. It is soo real, it is sooo thrilling!(plus,Owen McKenna is sooo HOT! lol!) It is so UNLIKE all the cookie-cutter predictable crap that is published today, passing as books. All of the author's books are entertaining without being sappy or blah. You WILL be on the edge of your seat. I am impatiently waiting for the next book due out this summer.. woo-hoo! So just do it! Buy this book, Tahoe Silence. In fact, buy ALL of the Owen McKenna Mysteries by Todd Borg. They are DEFINITELY worth the money you will spend. (heck,they are worth MUCH more than you will spend!) You will enjoy an unforgettable adventure,I promise you will enjoy yourself and be back for more. I often reread all the books in the series and they never get stale or blah. Each is just as exciting at the 10th read as they are at the first! This is some seriously satisfying entertainment of the highest caliber. I hope you find Mr Borg's books as refreshing and shivery-delicious as I have since I found 'em! Happy reading!!
Another great read!! Oct 5, 2007
Todd Borg is the author of four previous mysteries with Owen McKenna (and his Great Dane, Spot). TAHOE DEATHFALL; TAHOE BLOWUP; TAHOE ICE GRAVE; and TAHOE KILLSHOT have garnered several awards and universal praise from the major review organizations in the United States, as well as the Library Journal. Todd Borg and his wife moved from Minnesota to Lake Tahoe after several vacations, where Todd writes his Owen McKenna/Spot mysteries and his wife is an artist. They think Lake Tahoe is sheer heaven.
When a mute, autistic 17-year old artist named Silence Ramirez is kidnaped with her popular brother, Charlie, who has always been her link to the outside world, the entire community of Lake Tahoe is on alert. Her mother, Marlette, enlists the help of Owen and Spot to find Silence, who begins sending artwork to communicate where she is being held. Even Owen's girlfriend, entomologist Street Casey, is called upon to examine Charlie's corpse for telltale signs of the murder. After interviewing almost everyone who ever came into contact with Silence, the top suspects are a motorcycle gang, who call upon Owen to proclaim their innocence. But the Aztec sign left on Charlie's forehead push them to the top of the list of suspects:
"Gomez reached out and handed me a card. It had a phone number printed on it. Nothing more. 'That is my private cell number. When you need help, reinforcements, men for a stake-out or even, possibly, some intimidation services, give me a call. There are no strings attached. My men wish to serve. I wish to serve.'
'And you want me to put in a good word about you to the authorities.'"
To the fan, Owen McKenna and his dog, Spot, and girlfriend, Street, are like good friends. They are high achievers who have their wounds. They do what they do for all the right reasons, and when they flail, the reader flails along with them. Borg's ability to draw the reader in to his stories is amazing. His plots are so seamless that the reader can't put the book down once engaged. His writing is clear and concise, and his characters are poignant and skillfully conceived. TAHOE SILENCE is particularly engaging with his study of autistic children. His experts give the reader a sliver of a view into what it must be like to be autistic, and it is heartbreaking. McKenna's depiction of "bad" bikers is also awesome. Another great read!!