A Perilous Question: A Margie Kane Novel, by Barry Finlay ISBN 9780993891052
Four out of five stars
While the action does not keep you on the edge of your seat, this book reads fairly quickly. It opens with Margie Kane in Tanzania visiting a dormitory style school for girls. Margie is one of the Americans funding the school, so while on a vacation that includes a safari, she decides to stop in at the school. While there, one of the girls asks Margie to take her to America, the perilous question is, “So when are you taking me to America?”
The girl’s name was Shoni and shortly after Margie leaves, Shoni and her friend Irene sneak out of the dormitory and are taken to a house for “processing.” Like so many other young and desperate women, they have now entered into the extremely dangerous world of human trafficking.
Margie learns that they are gone and she attempts to track them down in Tanzania. This is the beginning of a dangerous adventure as well as her introduction to an attractive FBI agent. The adventure continues when Margie returns to her home in Florida, where she also receives help from the local police.
Margie is a divorced, independent and hard-nosed gun-toting woman that will not hesitate to pull out her gun when danger lurks. She also has some martial arts training, so if the circumstances are right, she can hold her own in a hand-to-hand battle. Yet, in many ways she is also naive about the seedy world of massage parlors and prostitution. Margie makes some major mistakes in her efforts to help the girls that have fallen so far and have so little hope.
While there is some physical action, most of the plot revolves around the personal cost of human trafficking and the desperation of the women that willingly take the risk. Margie does what she can as her hard exterior regarding men begins to crack. There is a budding love interest in her life as well, but is a complication that is effectively kept in the background. This book is a good, but not great escapist thriller.