What’s making men in San Francisco disappear? That’s what more than a few people would like to know. When a well-known son of a publishing magnate is one of those that go buh-bye, the investigation gets kicked into high gear. We go right along on the frenzied ride as federal agents Harry Wright and Dan Hammer get pulled into the mix. Who knew getting a massage could be so dangerous? Bikini waxings, sure, but not good ole working out kinks.
The chase is on to solve the mystery of where those naked, oiled, randy men have gone, and Wickard does an excellent job of juggling all the elements. We get glimpses into the passions going on behind the scenes as well as being immersed by the grunt work it takes to track down a sociopath. I think expounding on emotions is one area where Wickard excels. He’s particularly good at getting into his character’s heads so we get intimate glimpses of what the killer is thinking and the effect his actions have on the families left behind. And then there’s Dan Hammer. The interplay between Hammer and his ex-wife Gina is exquisite in relating their story and it rings very, very true.
If you like taut thrillers that keep you guessing, this has your name all over it— but be prepared to take a bungee cord dive not knowing if the cord will hold. ENCOUNTER will keep you on edge and leave you breathless for more.”