Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This is as good as it gets. This time the bad guys took on a pair of that they shouldn't have . Maggy is a wonderful heroine. Crais's style involves getting into the heads of many of his ensemble casts and this time he's roamed convincingly inside the head of Maggie-The-Marine-Dog with convincing power. This is a book to love! Oh... and not as an afterthought... MacLeaod Andrews deservers a ton more work, great job.
Here' the story. Murder happens. Police investigate. THEY WORK AS A TEAM! Bad guys are totally bad.
Reeeeely different from everything else in this genre? Well yeah… See that third point… The one where the police work as a team? Where the lead detective doesn't get more grief from his or her bosses than from the really bad guys? Where he's actually supported? Now that's refreshing. Imagine, the brass and the detectives and the beat cops all liking and supporting and professionally interacting like… like… friends? Well that's astonishing.
Yet odd as it is to the police procedural, Roger Stelljes makes it work. I mean… it's almost revolutionary. Makes me wanna get another Mike McRyan book. Hey! I will, especially if it's read as well as Johnny Peppers performs this one.
First Case is a short story. The words to price ratio is VERY low. I did get it on sale and for that price, enjoyed it. Once again, Stelljes refreshingly takes us into a police procedural where none of the cops are Peter Principle promotions, but instead are decent, intelligent professionals who like and respect each other to work as a team. The tension here's created by bad guys on the street, not bad guys among the brass. How original huh?
At the right price, grab this little thing for a good introduction to the McRyan series. However, you don't need to read this short story to jump right in and start with "The St. Paul Conspiracy". It'll tell you all you need.
Johnny Pepper reads it good.