The Sower

Book Two of the Chimera Chronicles

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
318 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2021
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Author Biography

Born in the wine country of California; grew up in a beautiful Mississippi River town in Wisconsin; educated in the Minnesota State University system and Harvard Law School, Rob Jung now lives the writer's life in St. Paul, Minnesota.
A life-long student of history, geography and religion, Jung has traveled in every continent except Antarctica, and his books often find their origin in historical events discovered his travels.
His most recent novel, The Sower, is a psychological, political and legal mystery/thriller, featuring a struggling artist, his estranged mother, and a transgender private detective in a battle to solve a cold case murder that all started with the disappearance of a famous painting seventy-five years earlier. Although the painting’s disappearance is recounted in Jung’s earlier novel, The Reaper, The Sower can be read as a standalone novel.
Jung’s first novel, Cloud Warriors, an action/adventure story set in the unexplored Amazon, pits the remnant of a tribe that has survived since the time of the Incas, against a giant pharmaceutical company.
Jung is a member of The Loft Literary Society, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. His nonfiction writing has been published in various periodicals. In addition to writing, Jung is an avid cook, gardener, fisherman, traveler, watcher of baseball, and attender of classic car auctions. He also likes to drink wine and tell stories.
Jung can be found at www.robjungwriter.com, where his blog, The View from Middle Spunk Creek, regularly appears.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

The Sower: A Novel is the second book in the Chimera Chronicles by Rob Jung. It follows a private detective, Ronni Brilliant, a former Marine MP who is in a difficult dilemma. Three-and-a-half years after the murder of Lorraine Blethen, Ronni's detective agency is hired to do what local law enforcement has been unable to do — solve the murder of Lorraine Blethen. Their client is none other than Hamilton Blethen, Lorraine’s grandson and the only “official” suspect in her murder. Hamilton has suffered a lot because of the death of his grandmother, including a year-long coma after a serious beating. Ronni flies to Boston to meet him face-to-face. But the encounter, instead of offering clear answers, plunges the detective into murkier waters. She begins to suspect her client when they meet and things get worse when he fires her. Determined to uncover the truth, Brilliant seeks out Hamilton's mother, a path that eventually leads to a media magnet, Magnolia Kanaranzi, who is in the middle of a senate campaign and who employs wealth and power to make sure the investigation is disrupted. Can Brilliant solve this case or become one more victim?

Rob Jung’s novel is cleverly plotted and it has twists that I never saw coming, with characters that are multilayered and a protagonist that is genuinely flawed; a transgender former marine MP with her own inner demons to deal with. The Sower: Book Two of the Chimera Chronicles is an original story and while it is the second entry in a series, it reads well as a standalone novel. The central theme is murder, but the author does an impeccable job in exploring personal identity, politics, and family dynamics in the narrative. The prose is flawless, the descriptions extraordinary and captivating, and the setting vividly portrayed. It is an immensely enjoyable read for fans of sleuth novels with well-developed characters and twisty plotlines.