The Seduction of Tallchief
by Doreen Owens Malek
Romance , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 3 Sep 2019
THE SEDUCTION OF TALLCHIEF concerns the criminal pursuit of a multi-millionaire serial child molester, George Walden, who has used his wealth and connections to escape detection for decades. A reluctant, unconventional agent, Jefferson Tallchief, is sent into Walden’s New Jersey mansion to assemble the case against him. The relationship that develops between Walden’s bitter and reclusive daughter, Victoria, and the new hire acting as her driver forms the core of the story. As they get to know one another, their prejudices (he’s Native American and she’s mostly WASP) dissipate and a bond slowly develops between them. While Tallchief works covertly to uncover evidence that will bring Walden to justice, he’s increasingly conflicted about his deceptive role in Victoria’s life. Just when he has a major breakthrough that means he can put Walden in prison for good, Tallchief must deal with a shocking twist that changes the dangerous game entirely. The story builds to a tension filled climax which will determine the future of all the players involved. This riveting blend of suspense and romance makes a compelling, satisfying read.
As the author herself says, there is a certain
fascination with a Native American as hero, especially if they look like this
author makes them! The archetype that is portrayed of a strong, silent, deep
person, with hidden emotions, capable and surprising and loyal.
This is how she writes Tallchief and provides him
as a foil to the pale, apparently weak, heroine of the story. Someone he could
rescue, cherish and take away from her cage and set her free to flourish.
But it turns out that she has hidden depths too,
and is more capable than he imagined.
The father is the villain here, and his crimes are
very nasty indeed.
Overall a nicely crafted story but not original in
concept even if different in delivery.
And just FYI. This author has written a series of 4
novels earlier in her career about Native American heroes and the storyline is
very similar. The heroine is nearly always blonde and pale and from the North,
and they are mostly set in Florida. Basically, she writes the same story with
slightly different settings and careers and backgrounds, but always with two
different ethnicities and cultures at play.