Summary

With witty dialogue, colorful characters, non-stop action, and a classic, fearless detective storyline, Harris has created a gritty and compelling new series that I am hooked on and can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Well done, Mr. Harris. Well done. 

5-STAR REVIEW: THE PINE BARRENS STRATAGEM by Ken Harris

The Description

Publication Date: January 27, 2022

Private Investigator Steve Rockfish needs cash, like yesterday. The bad news is that yesterday, a global pandemic raged, and Maryland was headed toward a lockdown that would ultimately lead to cheating spouses no longer “working late,” and hence a lack of new clients.

Rockfish’s luck changes when a Hollywood producer reaches out, but the job is two states away and involves digging up information on a child trafficking ring from the 1940s. What he uncovers will be used to support the launch of a true crime docuseries. He grabs a mask, hand sanitizer and heads for South Jersey.

On-site, Rockfish meets Jawnie McGee, the great granddaughter of a local policeman gone missing while investigating the original crimes. As the duo uncover more clues, they learn the same criminal alliance has reformed to use the pandemic as a conduit to defraud the Federal Government of that sweet, sweet, stimulus money.

It’s not long before the investigation turns up some key intel on a myriad of illicit activity over the last eighty years and Rockfish rockets toward a showdown with the mafia, local archdiocese and dirty cops. COVID-19 isn’t the only threat to his health.

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The Review

The Pine Barrens Stratagem: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish by retired FBI agent Ken Harris brings a unique perspective to his writing in this fast-paced and quick read. It is reminiscent of old-time private investigators—Rockford or Columbo—holding my interest from the first page to the last. I certainly hope this is the first book of a series because I would definitely line up to read more!

The prologue takes place in 1943 and sets the stage. Several twists and turns spring up in the story coupled with many threads to solve the murders/disappearances and other crimes in New Jersey during the 1940s—some crimes still being committed by those same “families” today while the pandemic rages around us. There are so many clues and storylines as we get introduced to a multitude of characters from different walks of life that have essential roles in the telling of this tale.

Rockfish might finally have some monetary success when asked to do legwork into crimes committed by an L.A. producer who wants to create a docuseries. The producer needs someone more local to where the crimes were committed doing his legwork. 

Rockfish and McGee are an unlikely duo who bond when their knowledge and talents complement each other. Each is trying to keep the other safe as they gain the attention of the bad guys—corrupt cops, mafia members, and some crooked priests. Rockfish and McGee meet when Rockfish heads in her direction due to a clue from an elderly woman he had a chance encounter with at the airport. 

As the story unfolded, my heart was racing, and I could feel the adrenaline rush. As the crimes are solved, there is nice closure and a hint of what might come next in the epilogue, set in the current times. 

With witty dialogue, colorful characters, non-stop action, and a classic, fearless detective storyline, Harris has created a gritty and compelling new series that I am hooked on and can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Well done, Mr. Harris. Well done. 

About The AuthorKen Harris retired from the FBI, after thirty-two years, as a cybersecurity executive. With over three decades writing intelligence products for senior Government officials, Ken provides unique perspectives on the conventional fast-paced crime thriller. While this is his first traditionally published novel, he previously self-published two novellas and two novels. He spends days with his wife Nicolita, and two Labradors, Shady and Chalupa Batman. Evenings are spent cheering on Philadelphia sports. Ken firmly believes Pink Floyd, Irish whiskey and a Montecristo cigar are the only muses necessary. He is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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  1. Hello Joanne – Thank you the amazing review, support of the book and just all around for having me. It’s greatly appreciated and I’m going to share that nice graphic you made like crazy! Thanks again – kah

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5-STAR REVIEW: THE PINE BARRENS STRATAGEM by Ken HarrisWith witty dialogue, colorful characters, non-stop action, and a classic, fearless detective storyline, Harris has created a gritty and compelling new series that I am hooked on and can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Well done, Mr. Harris. Well done.