"Strong science fiction mystery"
There is nobody in the world quite like Ukiah Oregon. His
genetic make-up is that of an alien sire and an Earth
woman. He has heightened senses, which make him an
excellent tracker, is almost impossible to kill and is more
than two centuries old. Ukiah's earliest memories were
that of growing up and being raised by wolves until he was
caught in a trap and adopted by two women who set the non-
He works with private detective Max Bennett who is one of
the few humans privileged to know about Ukiah's
background. Their latest case takes them to Oregon where a
hiker has gone missing. Her uncle has hired them to locate
her but when Ukiah picks up the trail, he discovers that
she is the victim of a kidnapping. While trying to locate
her despite the attempts of the kidnappers to stop him,
Ukiah also tries to follow a promising link to his mother's
family which, in turn, leads him to his father's enemies.
Containing elements from the mystery and science fiction
genres, TAINTED TRAIL is a unique and highly entertaining
reading experience. It is easy to believe that the hero is
a lovable half-breed alien, which makes the underlying
premise for this work easy to accept. The mystery is a
tightly woven cerebral puzzle that is almost impossible to
figure out until the author reveals the final clues.
Hopefully Wen Spencer will continue to write about Ukiah
Oregon (the person, not the place).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2002