When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town.
With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won't soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation, this first book in the Big Lake series will keep you captive to the very end!
©2011 Paul Russell (P)2013 Paul Russell
There was always something happening. It never got boring. Just when I thought I was getting an idea of who did it the author added another twist to keep me guessing.
The narrator had distinctive voices for each of the main characters and his dramatic reading was very entertaining. I doube anyone else could do better.
I would loved to have listened to it all at once if I had the time. The story line
kept my interest. Can't wait for the next one to come out at Audible.com
Any chance this mediocre book had of drawing me in was completely destroyed by the narrator. And since the rest of this series seem to be read by Bruce Miles, I doubt I will buy any more of them. I read mediocre literature all the time; for us Mystery, Crime and Thriller fans, there just aren't enough quality choices out there for prolific readers. But narration can make or break average writing. Take The Dresden Files for example. The writing, while better than this, is nowhere close to great literature, yet James Marsters' narration takes them to another level. Not so here...
I got as far as chapter 10. Neither the plot, the writing, nor the dialogue was able to get me past Mile's narration. His default voice is pleasant enough and so the narrative parts were acceptable, though the cadence was too sing-songish. But for some inexplicable reason almost ALL dialogue, also too sing-songish, whether male or female, was delivered in some variation of a high pitched, strained rasp which just grated on my nerves until I could no longer pay attention to the story. The most irritating were the females. Everyone sounded the same and had the same inflection, except some were louder than others. The tone of this narration did not suit a crime novel at all.
I'd say if someone wanted to read this series, the hard copies are likely to be more enjoyable.
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
This book reminded me somewhat of the Longmire series, with a good hearted sheriff and eccentric residents in a small western town. I liked that the characters were slightly flawed, but struggling to adapt to changes.. The ongoing feud between Jim (sheriff) and the mayor was amusing, if somewhat over the top.
I would have given this book a 5 star rating if I had thought the killer's identity made any sense - can't say more without spoiling the surprise. Yes, anyone can probably kill given the right circumstances but I thought someone capable of cold blooded murder would have shown other negative personality traits. In a town of less than 5,000 people (mostly nosey), there are no secrets.
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