Archer Mayor’s The Dark Root

The Dark Root by Archer Mayor takes Joe Gunther into the world of Asian crime.  It starts out with a home invasion that has links back to a past crime and from their Lieutenant Gunther must find his suspects who travel illegally between the United States and Canada, where he has no authority.  As he continues on the case Gunther suspects the ensuing violence is more than just regular gang violence.

Archer Mayor’s writing style has definitely improved since his first books and this book flows a lot more.  This book covers a fair amount of time and handles serious issues.  Archer Mayor handles these well by finding ways to handle the time.  While some of the other books were impersonal Archer Mayor deals with feelings in this book and portrays them as they would appear to readers, the outsiders.