Chaos breaks loose when the governor of Virginia orders that speed traps be painted on all streets and highways, warning that speeders will be caught by monitoring aircraft flying overhead. But the eccentric Isle of Tangier, 14 miles off the coast of Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay, responds by declaring war on its own state. Judy Hammer, newly installed as the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, and Andy Brazil, a state trooper and Hammer's right hand and confidant, find themselves at their wits' end as they try to protect the public from the politicians, and vice versa, in this pitch-perfect, darkly comic romp.
©2001 Cornwell Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2001 Putnam Berkley Audio
"Becky Ann Baker reads this raunchy tale with a breathy mixture of foreshadowing and anticipation that leads the listener through a plot of murder and mayhem on a small island....Character transitions are neatly done by the narrator as Andy Brazil and Judy Hammer are brought back to life from previous Cornwell novels. The Southern voices, especially those of the inept governor and his bumbling family, are realistic. The comedic lines and characters are also given their due, and the musical interludes of Southern blues add to the atmosphere." (AudioFile)
If you are looking for another Kay Scarpetta novel then this book will disappoint you. That being said, I quite enjoyed it--largely because of the highly humorous rendition by narrator Becky Ann Baker.
Yes, the plot line is a bit thin and some of the scenes border on the absurd, but the Southern dialect is well done (as I suspect is the Tangier-speak, but I can't say that for certain). As improbable as some scenes were (fish and crabs talking--?metaphorically), I nevertheless found myself laughing out loud--more frequently than expected.
Overall, I enjoy Andy Brazil and his accompanying characters. 'Isle of Dogs', really kept me in question and stitches, though a little confused. But remembering the fact that this is a book, and things being relative and all...
I must say that I liked it. :-) Enough so, that I will listen to it again.
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