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A Sonnet For Shasta
By David Hunter
A Silver Dagger Mystery, 2001




David Hunter's A Sonnet for Shasta, reminiscent of James Lee Burke's early novels, is about the redemptive power of love. 

Deedee Eagle (named Dwight David for his parents' two favorite presidents) has loved Shasta Pearman since junior high school. His love has been mostly unrequited and the cause of a deep-seated personal dissatisfaction. For years, he buried himself in his work as a policeman and used his free time to write novels. When Deedee refuses to bow to the demands of an overly aggressive supervisor, his professional life falls apart. Now, he earns a meager living as a private detective, bounty hunter for a bail bondsman, and newspaper columnist in his hometown. Just when he thinks his life can't get any worse, he recognizes Shasta from a distance and once again, his world is turned upside down by a woman he can't get out of his head or his  heart. 

In Deedee Eagle and his loyal companion Ursula, an aging German shepherd, the author has created memorable characters. Deedee, aware of his flaws, realizes his responsibilities and tries to work toward his better nature. 

Hunter takes the reader into the world of criminals who have jumped bond, cheap bars, sleazy motels as well as high society charity events and the corporate world with ease. Deedee Eagle, Shasta Pearman, and Ursula are characters the reader can cheer for and would like to hear from again. 

David Hunter has written several books -- fiction and nonfiction about police. He is a medically retired police officer from the Knox County (Tennesee) Sheriff's Department. He currently resides in Powell, Tennessee. 

Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews

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