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Dakota (Andi Oliver #2)

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Andi Oliver is back! Martha Grimes fans have waited nearly nine years for the return of the amnesiac heroine of Biting Moon, and this bristling stand-alone sequel won't disappoint them. In the interim, Andi's continued to drift, moving through the West, from one waitress job to the next. When she finally reached North Dakota, she signs up at Klavan's, a pig-farming factory ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2008)
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Anne
Mar 07, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Martha Grimes; animal rights activists
Shelves: mystery, adult, animals
I loved this book. I didn't want it to end partly because I knew that it probably wouldn't end, not really. Martha Grimes could write again about Andi Oliver. By the time the last page rolls around, Andi Oliver still has not remembered her past and we don't have any more idea than Andi does what happened to her before she woke up in the bed and breakfast at the beginning of Biting the Moon. And yet, the ending was satisfying even with the loose ends. The writing was Martha Grimes at her best. Th ...more
Mary
Mar 08, 2010 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Richard Jury series and was anxious to read more of Martha's material. I found this series to be extremely dissatisfactory and disappointing. At the end of the day, nothing was solved, the plots seemed to go no where with no real resolutions. They seem to be books about a girl with amnesia that walks around getting away with whatever she wants because she's against animal cruelty. I found the character to be unbelievable, the arguments and issues unbelievable and felt at the end of th ...more
Joanne
Oct 05, 2010 Joanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who read my review of Biting Mooon, I am sure you are wondering why I even bothered to read this, the next journey for our heroine, Andi Oliver, or whatever her name is. I hoped we learned who she was. We didn't. While this was better written, it still rambles and frustrates the reader. And nothing is solved. Don't bother to get the threequal - even if it finally uncovers what we want to know, who will care?
Karlan
Mar 28, 2008 Karlan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book irritated me, but I wanted to learn what happened so I kept skimming. Andi, a beautiful young woman with amnesia, drifts from town to town and becomes an animal rights heroine. Although she meets a friendly sheriff, she doesn't consider asking him for help to learn her identity. A sort of romantic interlude is totally unbelievable. At the conclusion, she drifts on so a sequel is probably planned.
Emily
Jul 11, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is disturbing both because of its complete lack of closure as well as the horrible things that happen to animals. So, it's basically just like the first Andi Oliver book. Andi has graduated from saving animals from leg traps, canned hunts and dogfights to agribusiness and slaughterhouses. She's also still searching for her missing memory, but this book focuses a lot more on the former than the latter, which is unfortunate. I want to read about what happened to Andi to make her have amn ...more
L
Apr 01, 2009 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Why have I not been reading more from Martha Grimes?!?! This book is wonderful! You've got engaging writing (thought "engaging" might not be sufficiently strong a term); animal rights issues; amnesia (not in a form that would please clinicians, I don't think, but it opens up possibilities for character & plot, so . . .); a small town in the west; solid characters, more than one of whom got under my skin and not all of whom are human; and more. Oh, yeah, there's a plot, too, with an interesti ...more
Ann
Jun 23, 2013 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. I truly do. But a few years ago, she became an avid animal rights advocate and her stories reflect those beliefs. This book isn't a real story; it is a rant against the mistreatment of feed animals. I know animals can be treated cruelly in processing plants and farms but, as one of the characters say in the book, "You stop eating them, we'll stop killing them." Andi Oliver is a young woman who suffers from amnesia (but no one knows this but her) and she ...more
Barbara ★
I had a really difficult time with this book. The first half was ok but kinda rambling. Andi Oliver is an animal lover who rescues (steals) animals from cruel or abusive masters...first a donkey, then a sickly pig and finally a piglet. Everyone, including the sheriff, ignores this behavior which I find bizarre since Andi is a stranger in town who appears leading the stolen donkey. The book totally goes downhill for me when Andi gets a job at the neighboring pig factory farm. These chapters descr ...more
Linda
Feb 26, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes and I looked forward to reading this but I was disappointed. The main character is young woman who has been wandering for two years running from shadowy events subsequent to an unknown trauma that has led her to have amnesia. In addition she wanders into town leading a mistreated donkey she has stolen/rescued and gets away with it and subsequent misdeeds that most jurisdictions would not allow. She apparently is more concerned with animals more tha ...more
Always Pink
Jan 02, 2016 Always Pink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book trying to solve the riddle that Martha Grimes is to me. What makes her tick? She is a master of characterisation, and I love all her protagonists – most of them have a hurt child hidden somewhere within them. Andi is the bleakest of them all, as she has no story – her amnesia allows only for the tiniest glimples of a childhood self, all else we see is an awesome young adult taking life head-on, however much courage that might take. She may be 19 or 20 years old, identifies with ...more
Wanda
May 30, 2011 Wanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This is a sequel to 'Biting the Moon.' I found it forced, unbelievable, and poorly written. There are several cases of where Ms. Grimes gave details about something but never developed a story associated with the details. It is unbelievable that a girl can show up in a town with a donkey, steal pigs, carry a gun, and no one question her. In fact, she gets TWO jobs for which isn't qualified for. P-l-e-a-s-e! The ending left it open for another sequel. If Ms. Grimes revives Andi again - I hope she ...more
Marvin
Aug 03, 2009 Marvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midwest
Much of what I said about Blue Heaven applies here. It's a page-turner but moralistic & simplistic & melodramatic. A girl with amnesia (!) wanders into a small North Dakota town & stirs up all kinds of trouble for the local bad guys--first the local elite family, who bully everyone in town, then that story is mysteriously dropped for a new villain, the local factory hog farm (and the packinghouse in a nearby town). Ostensibly a thriller, I guess, it's an anti-factory farm, animal rig ...more
Fran
Jan 15, 2010 Fran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I couldn't finish this book, although I made several attempts. The characters are flat and honestly, very annoying. The plot is inconsistent and did not pull me in. I felt let down and finally cut my losses and just stopped trying to muddle through it. Too many good books out there to waste my time on this.
Sandy
Aug 03, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Tiffany
This could easily be one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. I felt nothing for the main character, Andi, and found myself wishing her harm at times throughout the book.
The plot was slow and boring, and the writing was repetitive and juvenile. There were points when I wondered if the main character was a complete moron.
This is disappointing for me as I am a fan of Grimes' Emma Graham series. But Andi Oliver is no Emma Graham.
The book annoyed me for myriad reasons, but mainly b
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Mark
Apr 23, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to Biting the Moon, which I think I may have read some years ago. It really doesn't matter, as this story has enough background that it can stand on its own without knowing all that happened in the previous book. Andi Oliver, a name she chose for herself because of the initials on her backpack, is a young woman with no past, literally. Her memory of anything prior to two years ago when she woke up in a motel room in Sante Fe has been obliterated. She has been wandering about the ...more
Patricia
Feb 03, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andi Oliver is a beautiful young woman and a drifter. Andi cannot remember her real past so she has made up a background for herself. She rarely tells anyone that she actually suffers from amnesia and doesn’t know where she is from or if she has a family.

Grimes introduced Andi in the novel Biting the Moon. As Andi walks along the road, she discovers a donkey that has been mistreated. Andi manages to free the donkey and takes the donkey with her. When she reaches the town of Kingdom, she runs int
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Wendy
Mar 27, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Too much like Hotel Paradise--you got your chatty crowd at the diner, you got your wonderfully kind sheriff, you got your dreamlike quality to the narration, you got your annoying cab driver (who takes cabs anyway? what is it with Martha Grimes and taxis?), you got your surrogate parent figures for the innocent but wise young heroine, you got the mystery novel that never even lets you know what the mystery is, much less the solution...Which works in Hotel Paradise and the followups, set somewher ...more
Anne
Feb 17, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Martha Grimes; animal rights activists
Shelves: mystery, adult, animals
I loved this book. I didn't want it to end partly because I knew that it probably wouldn't end, not really. Martha Grimes could write again about Andi Oliver. By the time the last page rolls around, Andi Oliver still has not remembered her past and we don't have any more idea than Andi does what happened to her before she woke up in the bed and breakfast at the beginning of Biting the Moon. And yet, the ending was satisfying even with the loose ends. The writing was Martha Grimes at her best. T ...more
Dollie
Jan 18, 2010 Dollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd little book. Somewhat unbelievable but compelling in it's own way. I just found it odd that the main character fights to save these doomed but beloved pigs and every other chapter found her friends cooking bacon or sausage. The slaughterhouse/pig farm parts were brutal to read about.

This is the only book I have read with this character. It is clear there are more before and after this book. Her situation is a bit over the top: only 20 or so years old, suffering from amnesia, had
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Kamas Kirian
I've struggled getting through this, still haven't finished it actually. I'm from ND. I have relatives living in the very area this book takes place in. I'm convinced that the author simply pointed at a map and said "here's where this implausible story will take place", because she's not really describing ND. The landscape is beautiful if a bit dry. Most everyone (at least until the oil boom hit) has names of German, Scandinavian or sometimes Polish or Ukranian origin if they aren't Native Ameri ...more
Kd
Feb 26, 2008 Kd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this intriguing book appeared on our 'new' shelf, I had to back up and find the first one written about Andi, Biting the Moon. It was good enough to make me look forward in anticipation to Dakota. While realizing we need to use animals as a harvest, the harvest needs to always be done mercifully. The Jews have long known this from the Old Testament scriptures, and many of the kosher laws involve this mercy. I have always thought the injunction in the law books of the Bible about not 'seethi ...more
Fara
Jan 17, 2011 Fara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently enjoyed reading this book, mostly because I love the way Martha Grimes creates characters. This isn't a mystery or a thriller, even though there are elements of both in it. The mystery element comes from the fact that the protagonist, Andi Oliver, suffers from amnesia and only remembers the last several years of her life, nothing before that. It makes her a complex, fascinating character, as does her need to protect animals, which often gets her into comical but also serious trouble.

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Robin
Sep 25, 2008 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel that would have been better if the previous book had been read. That being said, there were some unanswered questions throughout the book.Biting the Moon was the beginning of this series. Martha Grimes ended the book so that she could continue the story in a future book.

Dakota was about drifter, Andi Oliver (not her real name). Andi has amnesia and can not remember who she is, or where she came from. However she seems to "rescue" animals, and finds homes for them. This is not a
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Lotte
Feb 21, 2009 Lotte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Renee
It's not you, it's me. Really. I'm sure. I tried. I failed. Are we sure Martha Grimes wrote this? Because she's fantastic and this is.... not.
Cyanemi
Mar 25, 2010 Cyanemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with some of the reviewers about some of the situations the girl gets into. This is fiction and is does bring into high relief our food practices and the way that animals are treated in the process. This is the most important aspect of the book and the one I appreciate the most. I would love to see more of these books.
Diana Clark
Mar 04, 2015 Diana Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True, the Andi Oliver series is different from Ms. Grimes' other work. But that is kind of the point. Yes, the books end in an open-ended way, but that is also the point. Andi is an amnesiac; her very life is an open-ended mystery.

All of that, to me, shows Ms. Grimes ability to write other complex characters. I appreciate and admire that. And I enjoy the Andi Oliver books, if only because I learn a different point of view: Andi's often judgmental viewpoint is educational in many ways. She is a
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Nancy Larsen
May 20, 2013 Nancy Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Martha Grimes novel might do more to improve conditions in the meat packing industry than all the PETA marches in the last ten years. While some of the scenes are decidedly gruesome, it's not gratuitous violence. The characters are well rounded, and the story line compelling.
Jane
Apr 14, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Martha Grimes has gotten too "preachy" in her last couple of books. This one goes overboard about animal rights. My other criticism is that Andi Oliver is a little too good to be true. She is beautiful and everyone falls in love with her.
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Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.

She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montg
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