In 17 Degrees North by Larry Seeley, when Jack Sloan accidentally discovers a satchel containing two-and-a-half million dollars on some land near his ranch, his primary goal is to do the right thing and find out what happened to the owner. He has no desire to claim the money for himself. Taking it to his home turns out to create a huge problem for Jack, his wife Darlene and a couple that work for him on the ranch. He has no clue how much trouble he is in, until lives started getting threatened.
Three years ago, Jack and Darlene dealt with a huge problem that left people with a lot of unanswered questions, and possibly created a glitch on Jack’s record in the legal system. Because of this, he isn’t in a hurry to publicize his find to law enforcement and draw attention to himself. Especially since the Sheriff is a corrupt junkie. Jack relies on a few people he can trust to help him investigate. Surprisingly, his investigation takes him down to Juarez, Mexico. An American appears to have been kidnapped and murdered down there, and the ransom is for the same amount as Jack’s find. Something doesn’t add up and it is up to Jack to stay alive while he puts the pieces together.
Along the way he encounters two beautiful women who are connected to the murder victim, which adds more tension to the tale. He also finds himself working with two men in law enforcement from both sides of the border and a drug cartel leader from Juarez. Life is definitely not boring!
I really enjoyed reading 17 Degrees North. When I had to put the book down, the story stayed in my mind and I couldn’t wait to get back to reading it. The plot has a lot of twists and turns that kept me on my toes. The characters are also well developed. The bad men are truly bad. The other characters are admirable because of their quality features, such as their investigative talents and attractive appearances. They are, however, also realistic because of their imperfections, and their need to battle forbidden desires. I highly recommend Larry Seeley’s 17 Degrees North and look forward to reading future books by this author.
(Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)