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Todd Borg’s ‘Tahoe Blue Fire’ adds to the Owen McKenna mythos

Gloria Sinibaldi
Special to the Sun

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Todd Borg’s talent for telling a great story is proven once again with the release of “Tahoe Blue Fire,” the 13th episode in the Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery Series.

Borg brings to life a suspenseful and fast-moving drama that immediately ignites curiosity. This saga includes a distinctive spin, as it will take you “off the hill” to the Italian countryside.

You’ll take pleasure in a whirlwind trip to the Italian city of Florence and navigate the narrow passages of a medieval Tuscan village. The story line delves into the intricate workings of the famous Medici family of Florence and introduces into the plot the fascinating era of the Renaissance. The Italian mafia inserts another spoonful of intrigue.

But don’t worry, you’ll get an ample helping of Lake Tahoe’s sights and scenery, and you’ll even enjoy a side trip to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach for an evening of foggy illumination.

Of course Spot, McKenna’s Great Dane and sidekick, rocks each scene in which he appears, and McKenna’s girlfriend, the beautiful and intellectually gifted Street Casey, provides the glue that anchors the story.

The key character in the story, Adam Simms, is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. A former professional football player, he lives with his rescue dog Blondie at his sister’s house at Lake Tahoe.

His memory fades in and out of focus much of the time due to continuous blows to his head during his celebrated football days. With fame and fortune in his past, he now lives a quiet and isolated existence and is in need of some assistance with daily tasks. Blondie is his best friend and service dog. Simms is a gentle, sympathetic character and huggable too, sort of like a big teddy bear.

But wait; the fact is, murders have been committed at Tahoe. Two of the victims succumbed to the powerful teeth of a rotary snow blower. Then there’s the sharpshooter with an eagle eye that murders from afar, not to mention the mysterious fire.

Who’s the perpetrator of such atrocities, and why? There are many facts to get straight before any concrete conclusions can be drawn. Multiple avenues must be explored and numerous characters examined.

This assignment, no doubt, is sure to be tough and dangerous for Owen McKenna, but in true style, he will get to the bottom of this mystery, even if his own life is put at risk.

The detail Borg brings to his novels is remarkable. His research is meticulous and depth and perception are part of each scene. You’ll learn intriguing facts about the mechanics of powerful rotary snow blowers, get safety points on back drafts during a fire and delve into the value of diamonds.

You’ll even get a lesson on the inner workings of a dog’s psyche. That insight, along with an historical account of the Medici family of Florence and a Renaissance overview, marches “Tahoe Blue Fire” to the front of the line.

Oh, and if it’s glitz and glamour that appeals to you, high-profile celebrities are reflected upon and we go back to the Cal Neva during its glory days. The ending? Let’s just say it’s tension-filled and full of surprise.

“Tahoe Blue Fire” is available online at http://www.amazon.com. Lake Tahoe merchants who stock his books are listed on Borg’s website at http://www.toddborg.com.

Gloria Sinibaldi resides part-time in South Lake Tahoe. Her short story, “A Means To Survive,” appears in “Tahoe Blues.” She is a job coach, trainer and author. Contact her at glorialinda16@gmail.com.