In Réal LaPlaine’s latest crime novel, The One, readers will find themselves swept up in a page turner pulsating with conflict and tension. Laplaine’s talent at setting the hook with skillful writing and engaging storylines keeps fans entertained and turning pages in their
attempt to discover the mastermind behind a sinister murder. The author’s talent for weaving a clever tale is on par with literary greats such as Michael Connelly’s, Harry Bosch and James Patterson’s, Alex Cross.
While a team of characters from the RCMP’s Anti-Terror Unit blend well into Laplaine’s tale, Keeno McCole is the central figure. In the opening, the body of a young woman is discovered in the St. Marys River along the Soo Locks. Meanwhile, McCole and Jake Williams find themselves at odds with a kidnapper set upon killing his victim as well as the two men from the ATU. Quick thinking and a bit of luck are the only things that save McCole, Williams, and the kidnapped woman as the bomb detonates. Not long after the harrowing encounter, McCole receives a disturbing phone call and the unit is tasked with a special assignment. The young woman found in the cold waters of the St. Marys River along Lake Superior was the Canadian Prime Minister’s niece. As clues unravel, they point to the peccant leader of a mysterious religious cult. Leonardo Milovich is a ruthless and unforgiving sociopath whose evil is boundless. McCole’s interference unleashes the ire of Milovich getting McCole’s team removed from the case by the upper echelon at RCMP headquarters. McCole cannot let The One’s leader’s deed go unpunished.
Ultimately the two meet in a final deadly showdown.
Réal Laplaine’s fans are once again treated to well-written novel, and one newcomers to his work will thoroughly enjoy. The author’s ability to move the narrative along at a rapid pace while maintaining a smooth writing style speaks highly of Laplaine’s proficiency. The perfect blend of characters, mayhem, and intrigue seamlessly round out this latest installment leaving readers of The One craving more of Keeno McCole.