In The Saint of Wolves and Butchers, Skottie Forster, a state trooper, gets drawn into a hunt for an ex-concentration camp administrator named Rudolph Bormann (aka Rudy Goodman) who has hiding out in Kansas since the 1950s. Skottie learns about the hunt when she encounters Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, on a routine traffic stop. Travis works for the Roan Foundation, an organization that hunts bad people and brings them to justice.
Spoilers ahead …
Though the plot is far-fetched, I liked some of the characters. The author could probably write an entire series about Travis and Bear. They were my favorite characters in the book. Skottie was an okay character, but I didn’t find her very interesting. Reading this book required a massive suspension of belief. Hunting a Nazi for war crimes isn’t so unusual. That part I could handle. The parts that made me balk were the subplots. So, in addition to being an evil person who performed experiments on prisoners, Bormann, even though he is supposed to be keeping a low profile in the United States so as to not blow his cover, founds a church. The church preaches Aryan purity and teaches discrimination against other races and non-Christian religions. In the church, Bormann builds a secret torture chamber that is soundproof. He collects mostly women and children of color to torture, but also tortures a male of color once in a while. After he performs experiments on them, he dumps their bodies in nearby lake. Because he is the head of a church, he is able to find some racist helpers that he can trust with his secret. They help him collect minorities to torture because he is old. As if these people weren’t evil enough, one of Bormann’s sons is involved in sex trafficking. See? A bit of a wild ride.
There are some other subplots thrown in for good measure. One deals with Travis’ dad and the other with Skottie’s marriage.
Even though the book went overboard with its plotline, it was an okay read. Travis and Bear made the book worth reading.
This book will be published on April 17, 2018. I received an advanced electronic reviewer’s copy from First to Read.