Adventures in storytelling by Bob Rector

CORNERED COYOTE by Dianne Harman

Dianne Harman’s third and final book in the Coyote series, Cornered Coyote, is a throbbing tale of love, courage and passion. The frailties of human nature are deftly brought into the spotlight, as insecurity, jealousy, hatred, contempt and xenophobia rear their ugly head from time to time.



I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in Dianne Harman’s Coyote series, Blue Coyote Motel and Coyote in Provence. In the third book, Cornered Coyote, Ms. Harman has done something quite impressive. She has stepped up her game. Her high velocity pacing, Rubik’s cube plotting, and crackling dialogue makes you feel like you’re catching a fast ball at the World Series. Better have your mitt ready.

This time, indefatigable gumshoe Slade Kelly takes center stage. He’s got a damsel in distress to save: Maria, the star of the previous two books. She’s been arrested for killing her deranged husband, a charge she readily admits, but claims self defense. The fact that she fled the country immediately afterwards makes the case against her seemingly ironclad and the vicious prosecuting attorney is after blood. Nothing less than a conviction is acceptable or she’ll lose her job.

To say that Slade’s methods are somewhat unorthodox is like saying it tends to get a little wet under Niagara Falls. In the process, his relationship with dizzyingly gorgeous and mindbogglingly rich Darya threatens to set off the sprinklers over their bed. But his long-standing mob connections result in a literally explosive intrusion into any hopes of them living happily ever after.

The courtroom drama that propels the story to it’s surprising climax is reminiscent of Grisham and Gardner. We find ourselves squirming in our seats right along with those on the stand. I could hear the Perry Mason theme playing in my head.

In Coyote Cornered Ms. Harman chooses a different palette to paint with and does so with aplomb and unrestrained zeal. This is not only a well told tale, it is a delightful, often breathtaking romp. Highly recommended.


Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Tea Party Teddy, and Coyote in Provence.

An Award Winning Bestseller, Blue Coyote Motel was selected as a quarterfinalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month Book, and e-thriller Book of the Month.

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