No Ordinary Indiscretion


(Monte Dutton sketch)
(Monte Dutton sketch)

In the past year, I’ve read a lot of chases. Hapless victims of fate, running for their lives. A young man trying come to grips with a mother both dead and outlandish. The Southwest. The Mid-Atlantic. Florida. Polly Iyer’s Indiscretion begins on the coast of South Carolina and changes venues to Boston, where it mostly resides.

IMG_0003 (3)This tangled web Ms. Iyer weaves skillfully, with no strings left untied or ends loose.

The mess begins with a chance meeting between the protagonist and voice, Zoe Swan, who is separated from hubby David and living on the coast, and Neal Trainor, by whom she is expertly seduced. Then she finds Trainor dead, and she and David, who shortly arrived, are soon set up for his murder and several others by a corrupt FBI agent.

Neal Trainor had not been the Boston University professor he claimed to be. His death plunges Zoe and her husband into a maelstrom of stolen art, corruption, and mortal danger. No one occupies the moral high ground, but, in general, more honor is found in the supposed bad guys than the good.

By Monte Dutton
By Monte Dutton

Owing to the desperation of their plight, they seek help from David’s brother, Paul, a roguish diamond thief. The relationship between the siblings is marred by past conflict. They despise each other. Zoe spends considerable time in the figurative crossfire as they manage to evade the real kind.

The feuding brothers and estranged wife run for their lives, pursued by law enforcement officers they have learned not to trust and criminals whose treachery is obvious. The difference between good and bad becomes even more blurred.

Refuge comes in Boston, where they hide at the home of Paul’s friends Rico and Nina. They make contact with an Irish mobster, Calhoon, and awaken the suspicions of the FBI office head. The master strategist, Paul, has to change his tactics on the fly. David is kidnapped.

Read it for yourself, lest I limit your enjoyment by revealing too much. Polly Iyer has crafted her chase expertly. It’s a cut above most others.

              Take a look at Polly Iyer’s Indiscretion here. Then buy it.


(Graphic by Meredith Pritchard; cover by Jennifer Skutelsky)
(Graphic by Meredith Pritchard; cover by Jennifer Skutelsky)

              I’d appreciate your consideration of my three novels – Crazy of Natural Causes (2015), The Intangibles (2013), and The Audacity of Dope (2011) – as well as the soon-to-be released Forgive Us Our Trespasses. The first three are available here:



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