Robert Crais is as reliable as a writer can be and more. This book is a great example. It's as enjoyable as all of his books AND it takes me on a new and unexpected adventure. If I had read a sloppy summary of this book I don't know if I would have picked it up, but Crais grabbed me immediately and never lost me.
Lots of writers have given a bad reputation to books that have a dog in a central role. While I love Jack London's dog books and would compare Crais' sensitive handling of the dog's narrative to London, this is a human's story. Maggie, a retired military dog, is the companion that catalyzes our hero's actions.
Put yourself in Crais' hands. Don't be afraid of the dog.
Doiron's books started great and they keep getting better. Our hero, Mike Bowditch, is at a low point in his life. When a devoted mentor is shot, Mike adds some of his injured friend's burdens to his ongoing efforts to care for an absent friend's family. On this course, clues about the shooter start showing up.
I love how the exigencies of solving a crime are interwoven with Mike's day-to-day efforts to both be a good man and become a better man.
I love spending time with this hero and with the friends he gathers around him. I love seeing Maine natural beauty and gentle friendliness through the lenses of Mike and the author.
I highly recommend all the Mike Bowditch stories.
At last, another reliable mystery author! Modest Scottish detective solves crimes in Hull. He loves his wife. He is rightly suspicious of his collegues. Lots of atmosphere.
This is a new favorite series of mine. I found the location charming and the characters touchingly sympathetic.
With most romances the fates our heroes are known within the first few moments. No so here. The emotional plotting was satisfyingly complex. If you want a romance novel, this is one of the best choices.
I always relisten to Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels. I want to visit these communities again through Flowers' generous observations of people and landscapes.
I never know where Sandford is going and I always enjoy the ride.
I loved when Sandford described the pleasure of driving at night. He then links it to the pleasure of being a child driven through the night by parents melodically talking in the front seat.
Please, John Sandford, please write faster.
P.S. Was the "Randy White" character a nod to novelist Randy Wayne White?
Top 50 of around 700 books in my Audible library.
The male and female PI partners have a great collegial relationship, but the story and the partners deal the possibility of a romantic relationship.
I love the way an accent helps create the setting.
Is there anything we can do to help Dennis Lehane to write faster?
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