The quips by Wilde kept me laughing aloud, while the grisly murders and array of suspects kept me interested in the mystery. I'm shorting it one star only because the dialogue (except for Wilde) leans into the cliche a bit much. Frank Muller's narration, however, as always, is perfect -- he manages a British Wilde, a French countess, a sleazy East Coast business manager, and a grizzled, Colorado federal marshal with deftness and insight. Definitely a good listen.
Troyce Nix and Candace made this book for me. As with "Tin Roof Blowdown," this novel turns on the complexity of the human heart and the possibility for change and redemption. Only the truly evil people seem one-dimensional. Though always lyrical, Burke's descriptions of the Montana landscape do not have the intimacy and power that characterize his treatment of Louisiana venues. In this novel he supplants the wistfulness for an earlier, more innocent Louisiana with frank distaste for the intrusion of wealthy, out-of-state usurpers into the Montana landscape. The cast is fascinating, and the denouement surprising and satisfying. It is a rewarding read.
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