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Cactus Island (Stan Turner Mystery) (Stan Turner Mystery) [Paperback]

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Stan is called out to Possum Kingdom Lake in Central Texas where a boy scout has been killed in a tragic Jeep accident. At first glance it appears to be just a typical case of reckless teenage driving, but when the teenager, Steven Caldwell, is charged with negligent homicide he insists the accident wasn't his fault. He claims he was distracted by an alien spacecraft that suddenly appeared overhead. Stan is reluctant to take the case since, in order to get Steven off, he'll have to prove aliens have visited Possum Kingdom Lake!

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Pages   381
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Top
ISBN  1929976364  
ISBN13  9781929976362  

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More About William Manchee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Manchee is an attorney by trade and practices law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from southern California, he lives now in Plano, Texas with his wife Janet of some 40 years. Manchee first discovered his passion for writing in 1995 and has published a novel every years since then. Tarizon: Conquest Earth is his 15th novel. Along with the Tarizon Trilogy he is the author of the Stan Turner Mysteries inspired by actual cases he has been involved in over the years.

William Manchee currently resides in Plano Dallas Plano Plano Plano, in the state of Texas. William Manchee was born in 1947.

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Expect the unexpected  Jul 23, 2007
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (7/07)

"Cactus Island" is part of the "Stan Turner Mystery" series. It was the first one that I have read in this series. I enjoyed it so much; I am looking forward to going back and catching up on the other ones. It starts out as a suspenseful mystery. I can't say murder mystery because in one case, the death is suspicious and in the other case, we aren't sure if the person is actually dead or has just disappeared.

Stan and his partner Paula are both defense attorneys on cases that initially appear dissimilar, however, as the plot thickens it is discovered that there is a connection between the two. By the end of the story, they are totally intertwined. The plot also evolves from a mystery to a science fiction tale. I absolutely loved this twist in the story. It made it much more fun to read.

The characters are well developed and each has their own personal issues to deal with. This makes the novel seem more real to you because it adds more dimension to the drama that is occurring within the plot. Because it is a series, they also already have their relationships established and seem very comfortable within their roles.

Mr. Manchee has a gift of leading you to a thought about what is happening in the story, then acknowledging it, and then adding suspense that takes you off in a different direction. This was great. I would finally think I figured things out, and then realize that I wasn't even close. Then with the sci-fi angle, it really changed things. Reading "Cactus Island" is definitely like riding a rollercoaster and it is all fun! I did get a few goose bumps along the way.

If you like straight up, non-paranormal fiction, this book is not for you. However, if you like shows like X-Files and books with paranormal or science fiction elements, read "Cactus Island," and you will be in heaven! I sure was.

Entertaining...but falls short in believability  Nov 17, 2006
An accident on a rural Texas road near Possum Kingdom Lake causes the death of a teenager. The driver of the vehicle miraculously emerges without a scratch, and this is too much of a coincidence for some. When it's discovered that there is a motive for murder, the young driver is arrested and charged. His explanation for the accident is even more bizarre - "I was distracted by an alien spaceship."
Now Stan Turner is asked to defend the young man in court and as he investigates matters he finds mystery and confusion while struggling with the possibility that we may not be alone in the universe. Meanwhile, Stan's partner is handling a case just as strange when a divorce proceeding becomes a missing persons case. Her client falls under suspicion when her unfaithful husband disappears and she has no recollection of her whereabouts on the day of the disappearance, suffering a memory loss that can't be explained. Things become entwined when it's discovered that her husband was once married to the mother of the young man who was killed in the car accident.

Yet another twist hits when Turner experiences something he can't explain on the shore of Possum Kingdom Lake and it's this experience that makes him a "believer" - convinced that alien beings played a part in both cases.

While this is a mystery, there is no denying the dash of science fiction adds flavor to the story. It is told in first person narrative by Stan Turner and his partner Paula, who alternate chapters, which makes it somewhat unique in character. The plot contains numerous twists and turns with an occasional chase scene to speed things up a bit. But as the story draws to a conclusion, it loses its mystery character and crosses over into the science fiction realm. Some may like this, others may not, but it certainly hurts the believability of the story. It is entertaining, no doubt, but something tells me the sci-fi crowd will appreciate it more than the mystery crowd. Overall, it kept me interested.
You have to admit that this would make great courtroom drama- if it actually happened!   Nov 2, 2006
William Manchee's Cactus Island: A Stan Turner Mystery is one legal thriller that will have you scratching your heads, even if you don't believe in extra-terrestrial life.

How do you defend someone who insists that he saw a space ship that caused him to lose control of his jeep, plunging over a hill and resulting in the death of a friend who had been a passenger in the vehicle? The driver, Steven Caldwell, who survives the accident, is accused of murder for reckless driving and the incriminating evidence slowly builds up, particularly when the sheriff discovers that the two friends were in love with the same girl.

Attorney Stan Turner initially refuses to defend Caldwell on the grounds that this could make him the laughing stock of the legal community. On the other hand, if he succeeds, he would be considered a brilliant litigator. Eventually, Turner gives in and takes on the case, while continually grumbling that every time he thinks he has it under control strange things happen.

In addition to our murder trial, Manchee cleverly interweaves another mystery- one involving a divorce between Cheryl Windsor and her husband Martin, who mysteriously has disappeared along with one of the his employees- a manager at one of his hotels.

This one is handled by Turner's partner Paula Waters, who is troubled that her client, Cheryl Windsor, seems to be having convenient lapses of memory as the district attorney gathers a great deal of damning evidence against her.

Could she have something to do with her husband's disappearance?

When Waters tries to find out more about Martin Windsor, she comes to the conclusion that he may have intentionally disappeared in order to avoid his assets being divided by the divorce court. In fact, he made sure all of his assets disappeared along with him and moreover he seems to have been involved with off-shore bank accounts.

What eventually is exposed is that although the two mysteries seem to be miles apart, they are very much interconnected, particularly when we are clued in that Martin Windsor, an immigrant from Hungary,seems not to have left any records evidencing his existence in the USA.

Who is Martin Windsor? Where did he come from now becomes of prime importance?

Manchee provides his readers with a dexterously plotted tale that ties everything together with a surprise ending. And even if you don't believe in space ships and aliens, you have to admit that this would make great courtroom drama- if it actually happened!

Norm Goldman, Editor Bookpleasures

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