Corporate maneuverings, intrigue, fraud, shoot-outs, hot cars, justice for the downtrodden. Davis Bunn’s romantic suspense tale, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, has it all --- and plenty of spiritual elements for the faith fiction reader.
As in his recent novel, FULL CIRCLE, Bunn casts his protagonist as a financial analyst investigating an embezzlement. Wayne Grusza is hired by the elderly residents of a Florida retirement community to recover money they were bilked out of by a fast-talking scam artist in a property deal. Their accountant, Zachary Dorsett, has disappeared with the money. Unless the retired church workers and former missionaries come up with funds in less than a month, they’ll be bankrupt. It is soon obvious that Wayne has the know-how to solve their financial problems, but he isn’t as proficient with relationships. Wayne’s sister, who is on staff at the community, tells them: “My brother’s always been good with numbers and guns. It’s people he has problems with.”
After Wayne solves the delightful group of seniors’ troubles, one thing leads to another and he finds himself on another mission. This time, there are supernatural overtones. Tatanya Kuchik, the woman who offers Wayne the assignment, is a beautiful but aloof and vulnerable attorney who drives a Ferrari and is bitter about her past. Wayne unsurprisingly finds himself attracted to Tatanya, but his assignment --- to discover if her rich and powerful corporate client, Easton Grey, has been visited by an angel --- is tougher to get a handle on.
Tatanya tells Wayne, “The angel told this gentleman that he was in grave danger and must hide himself away --- his life and the lives of his family depended on it. The angel also told him to find himself a warrior. One he trusts to act as his arms and legs. He said this warrior must be one who gives his strength to the weak. One who cares little for gold.” Wayne’s challenge: to keep Tatanya’s client alive and discover who --- or what --- is behind the supernatural appearances.
Bunn liberally spices his storyline with the stuff of male daydreams: fast cars, a sexy woman who has the smarts to match her beauty, daring break-ins, even a guy makeover from haircut to expensive clothes. He also knows how to parcel out just enough information about his characters’ pasts to keep the interest level high as the novel progresses. Vigorous faith themes anchor the plot. Victoria, a senior citizen with a direct line to God who is not afraid to give Wayne some straight talk about spiritual matters, provides some of the more reflective spiritual moments in the novel. The romance themes are engaging. Tatanya and Wayne have been wounded by love in the past, and both are hesitant to become involved with another person again. Other characters who play a minor role, such as Jerry and Foster, are interesting and likable, and a subplot involving Julio, a Hispanic teen, sheds light on Wayne’s character.
Bunn’s pacing sometimes slows (occasionally he uses consecutive sentences that are the same length without varying them), but for the most part, this is a page-turner. I was a little disappointed that the strong character of Tatanya ends up becoming just another damsel in distress, but for those who like the tough-guy-gets-the-girl sort of endings, this one will satisfy. Bunn is a talented writer, and ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT will entertain lovers of romantic suspense.
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby on July 1, 2008