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Crow's Landing: A Virgil Cain Mystery (Virgil Cain Mysteries #2)

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Jack-of-all-trades Virgil Cain gets tangled up in an old crime surfacing from the waters of the Hudson River, in this second novel in a series from Brad Smith.


For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yie
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Scribner (first published August 1st 2012)
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Kayla Ashley
I won this book from a first reads giveaway here on goodreads!

Wow, this was a very enjoyable book! When I first started reading it, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I haven't (yet) read any of Brad Smith's other books, which means I never read the first book in this series. Luckily, you don't need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one! This book was a nice surprise and I was really thrilled to be given the chance to read it.

Brad Smith is a great storyteller! Once
Dec 12, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: country lovers, males, light readers, general fiction enjoyers, people who like a good yarn
I won a copy of this through FirstReads

Crow's Landing. Hmm. As my first book ever received from a FirstReads giveaway, I was impressed by the speed and efficiency of the delivery. I also liked that the cover remained the same, but that the back cover spoke of the book to come.

I've never read anything by Brad Smith and I don't profess to be an expert in the Mystery genre. I'd say I know more than your average person simply because I took a senior class in high school focusing on the Mystery a
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 07, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book I finished far too quickly! Crow's Landing by Brad Smith is the second book featuring Virgil Cain. I read the first book - Red Means Run - and was hooked.

Virgil is still working his farm, but decides to play hooky one day and head out fishing in the boat he restored over the winter. While pulling up anchor to come back in, he hauls in a strange steel cylinder. Back at the marina, he padlocks it to his boat and goes to the local diner for something to eat. And comes running bac
Gloria Feit
Jan 29, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Sometimes a protagonist has to go looking for trouble; other times trouble has a way of finding the protagonist. In the case of Virgil Cain, trouble usually finds him - - in spades. In a previous entry in the series, he was arrested for murder and had to break out of jail to exonerate himself. In the current novel, he just goes fishing, and lands in a heap of difficulties.

When he anchored in the Hudson River, the last thing Virgil expected to reel in was a stainless steel cylinder containing 100
Amy Lignor
Aug 08, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is no surprise to begin a review of a Brad Smith novel by saying that this is - yet again - an excellent thriller.

As we begin, readers find themselves a few miles north of Athens - a small town located in New York State - with a man named Parson and his lady friend sailing on the Hudson River. While on the boat, Parson sees another craft headed directly for his and proceeds to go to a hiding place, remove a stainless steel box, and throw it overboard. Directly after this ‘odd’ moment occurs,
Mike Balsom
Mar 17, 2015 Mike Balsom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad Smith gets a lot of comparisons to Elmore Leonard. I've heard these types of comparisons many times for other authors, and they never really hold water. But Smith deserves to be likened to the master of crime fiction. He weaves together the lives of a number of different small-time criminal characters in a plot that shows the lengths to which so many will go to make a quick, easy score. All while the voice of reason, Virgil Cain, gathers the few other reasonable characters around him to set ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad Smith's second novel about Virgil Cain (see his earlier book, "Red Means Run") is a tremendous thrioller. in the earlier book, Virgil was on the run from a pair of trumped up murder charges, and showed a lot of ability at evading false imprisonment while disproving the case against him. In the second, his unlucky run in with a dishonest cop looking to retrieve a major drug stash as his personal retirement plan leads to more time chasing a lost boat and crossing paths with a dangerous collec ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Similar to the first book in the series, this was a slow and relaxed mystery story. It was a stand alone story, although there were a few references to the first book, but nothing that would prevent a reader from enjoying this story without having read the first. In fact, there are few reoccurring characters, other than Virgil himself.

Virgil’s obsession with his boat is what drove the story. It was humourous and obsessive, and definitely the source of all his troubles. His inability to let go of
Jun 22, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won "Crow's Landing" by Brad Smith through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.This was a fast action mystery novel,that had you gripped right from the beginning.

New York farmer Virgil Cain lands a heavy metal cylinder while fishing in the Hudson. He secures the cylinder in his boat, which he puts on his trailer, then has lunch at the local roadhouse. After lunch, Virgil finds a stranger hitching the boat trailer to an SUV. When Virgil protests, the man flashes a gold detective badge and identifies
Roxanne Barbour
Aug 27, 2012 Roxanne Barbour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through the Goodread First Reads giveaway.

For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks on to a mysterious steel cylinder. As word of Virgil's strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil's boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour surfaces, and to ge to the bottom of it--and to get his boat back
Crow's Landing was ok. Personally, it's the writing that sometimes annoyed me. It seemed the author was just stating the obvious at times, or that he was trying to explain too much about the reasoning behind an action. I don't know if I'm being clear or not, but there were some parts I thought were just not necessary. Of course, the book is not fully corrected yet, and I hope some adjustments will be made. Furthermore, there were sometimes long descriptions about fishing or mechanics and for som ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canadians
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from First Reads on the good reads website. My thanks go out to the website and the publisher for getting the book to me.

Firstly, I confess I did not read the first book in this series. This created a few complications when reading the novel, as I was unsure who all of the characters were and felt like I was missing some backstory on the main characters. After a while though, this no longer mattered.

I really liked the feel of the novel, as I recently moved away from Ontario, this
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 11, 2012 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Stuff

Beginning sucks you in (and with a minor dry spot in the middle) keeps you totally engrossed and not wanting to put down
Lots of twists and turns and edge of your seat moments
I love Virgil Cain he is such a fascinating character, I love getting to know him bit by bit through Smith's stories
Unique, yet realistic, secondary characters -- all quirky and colourful
Author is Canadian and mentions some Canadian settings (not to mention a fabulous storyteller)
Great story for the beach
John Wright
Aug 29, 2012 John Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-detective
First let me declare my conflict of interest; Simon and Shuster was kind enough to comp. me this book in a Goodreads contest. Thanks!!

This is my first Brad Smith read and I will definitely be reading more. Fans of Elmore Leonard will enjoy the book; the protagonist Virgil Cane does remind me of Leonard’s 'Son Martin' as he existentially watches those who set out to get his liquor while unrelentingly protecting his own interests.

Crow’s Landing begins seven years after a mysterious tube is dumped
Rob Waiser
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway and, to be fair, it is not one that I typically would have picked up otherwise.
The story itself is great, with a number of little twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The writing is clever, the dialogue filled with the kind of humour that made me smirk rather than laugh out loud.
I think that what was missing for me was a little more character development. The characters were very interesting and I wanted to know more about them. There was
Sep 22, 2012 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster Canada through Goodreads giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity to read Crow's Landing and for introducing me to this author
Brad Smith has created a good mystery with comparable sassiness as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You will find two likeable characters, Virgil and Dusty and a lot others you will loathe for their actions.
Virgil is a farmer that fishes out a cylinder from the lake unaware of its contents. It happens to be cocaine and it
Carol  MacInnis
Jul 08, 2012 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Virgil Cain buys a boat from an old farmer and fixes it up to use for fishing. But while on his fishing trip, his line snags on something and Virgil patiently brings up a very heavy and large mysterious looking cylinder. He decides to secure the cylinder to the inside of his boat to avoid curiosity from the locals. Unfortunately the locals had already gathered on the shore to have a look-see. After Virgil stops for a drink he sees someone taking his trailer with the boat off his truck and hitchi ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crow's Landing, the second Virgil Cain mystery after Red Run, is rife with lowlifes, tough broads, sleazy cops, crazy Russians, drug deals, shoot-outs, and one hard-working protagonist trying to keep it all straight and get his boat back. Virgil is a archetypal pulp hero, gruff enough to be taken seriously as muscle and smart enough to know when the grift is on. Finding himself unwillingly linked to a missing drug shipment, Cain has no choice (by his reckoning, anyway) but to play one side again ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
A good story from a talented writer. This was the second book in the Virgil Cain series. A good mystery about a good old boy and the troubles that seem to find him. The story starts off with a day of fishing for Virgil, and trouble comes a knocking, when a crooked cop steals his boat...
Barry Hammond
Sep 22, 2012 Barry Hammond rated it liked it
After reading this I was sorry not to have picked up Smith's "One-Eyed Jacks," which I'd come close to reading a few years back but other books had taken precedent at the time. I'll have to go back to it at some point. Very much enjoyed the character of Virgil Cain, who is a complex and extremely interesting person as portrayed in this story. All the surrounding characters are also well-drawn, especially the women, and the criminal elements are likewise realistic and believable, even Yuri, the R ...more
E.R. Yatscoff
Apr 21, 2013 E.R. Yatscoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is about the 4th book I've read of his and I'm a fan. For a guy who lives in Dunnville I do have some sympathy, too. Brad Smith is a very unrecognized anadian writer and probably likes to keep it that way, it seems. He's got an easy style that is quite different in crime fiction. It's a bit of James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard with his oddball characters along with a cool down to earth protagonist Virgil Cain. Virgil get boat-jacked and is bound to find it. he doesn't really do any intense ...more
Lisa Katsiris
Aug 23, 2012 Lisa Katsiris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of Crow's Landing in a Goodreads giveaway. I'm so glad I did, it was thoroughly enjoyable. This isn't Virgil Cain's first appearance in a Brad Smith novel, however you can pick up Crow's Landing as an individual book and not be lost. (I do plan to read Red Means Run though)

Interesting characters, Virgil in particular is a character that feels "real", and enough plot twists to keep you guessing without making you feel lost in the details give the book a nice p
Linda Fast
Jul 04, 2012 Linda Fast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-mystery
Crow's Landing was a good story although I thought there could have been less swear words in the novel. The story starts out as Virgil Cain, a farmer, takes a day off and heads to the Hudson river to do some fishing. What he snags is a cylinder which turns out to contain cocain. What happens next involves the previous owners of the cylinder, a crooked cop, a junkie and a Russian cowboy. My favourite character in the novel was Yuri, the Russian cowboy, I loved the way he talked and analyzed every ...more
This the second in the Brad Smith series featuring Virgil Cane, the honest to goodness farmer who has landed on a 100 acre farm in upstate New York on the Hudson River. I am a big fan. The writing, as with any Brad Smith novel, is crisp, witty and entertaining. The characterization is worthy of Elmore Leonard. Cane is a remarkable likable guy. The story here is Cane accidentally discovers and odd lost lot of cocaine and events are unleashed that takes the guy with no cell phone and little access ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Voula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story but the f**** word was overused. Unnecessary swearing!!
Sherry Svec
Apr 19, 2014 Sherry Svec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great characters, excellent wit and enjoyed the local territory (took place mostly along the Hudson River and Adirondacks. I will be reading more of his work!
Jul 19, 2012 Midori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy through First Reads.

This is my first time reading Brad Smith's book, and I truly enjoyed it. I especially like the character of Virgil, whose strait like arrow attitude, gut feeling and obsession to retrieve the stolen boat. Even bad guys, like the Russian cowboy, are well written. I have to admit that I like the cowboy's sense of humor and code of ethics. The story is well interwoven and feasible enough, although I didn't get why and how Hoffman end up being such a corrupt cop. I
Aug 28, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crow's Landing by Brad Smith was an interesting book that kept me reading. The protagonists Virgil and Dusty are smart, likeable characters. The author does a great job with making you hate the several bad guys in the book. The story is about Virgil who is a simple farmer who has his boat stolen after he attaches a found cylindar that contains cocaine to the boat. There are several people looking for the cocaine for various reasons. The story tells the tale of all the characters chasing the coke ...more
Wade Faubert
Jul 15, 2012 Wade Faubert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won "Crow's Landing" by Brad Smith through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. Great way for readers and writers to get together.
The novel was a good read. The cast of characters were well put together and like-able. Having skipped the first novel, it took me a little to figure out who's story this book was going to follow. It ended up being split between Dusty, Hoffman and Virgil - a nice flow.
I'd recommend this book for anybody interested in farming, cars, boats, drugs and murder. Thanks Brad Sm
Chi Dubinski
Dec 30, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While out fishing, rancher Virgin Cain snags an unexpected surprise--a heavy stainless steel cylinder. He manages to wrestle it into his boat, but while he's having a beer at the dock an Albany cop confiscates the cylinder--and Virgil's boat. While Virgil attempts to get his boat back, others have their eye on the cylinder and its contents. This is the second Virgil Cain book from Smith, whose action packed plots full of double crosses and schemes remind me of Elmore Leonard.
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Brad Smith was born and raised in southern Ontario. He has worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. He lives in a eighty-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie. His novel, "One-Eyed Jacks" was nominated for the Dashiell Hammett Prize.

Some of his books that have been published include One-Eyed Jacks
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