Alex McKnight and Police Chief Roy Maven, have never seen eye to eye, or agreed on anything other than their mutual dislike for each other. So, Alex iAlex McKnight and Police Chief Roy Maven, have never seen eye to eye, or agreed on anything other than their mutual dislike for each other. So, Alex is taken aback when the Sheriff approaches him asking to help out an old partner from early State Trooper days.
It appears the man's son has committed suicide, hanging himself in a desolate location called Misery Bay, and the father is seeking some type of closure or answers as to why his son killed himself. When the father is discovered murdered, both Alex and Roy team up to chase down leads, and find themselves on the opposite side of FBI agents who claim there is no case.
The reader is treated to an increasingly complex weaving of characters and clues while Alex doggedly pursues the case. Foe becomes ally, and there are plenty of twists and turns to leave the audience wondering right up to the ending.
Steve has done a spectacular job showing how the smallest of decisions in one's past can be perceived differently, and even forgotten as life unfolds. On one hand we are treated to a well rehearsed thriller, executed flawlessly by a master storyteller, and on the other a sad tale of human fallacy and lost hope.
I'm hoping we see a lot more of Alex in the future. ...more
In this 8th book in the Walt Longmire series, Craig Johnson once again places his protagonist in a setting outside his normal jurisdiction, albeit a bIn this 8th book in the Walt Longmire series, Craig Johnson once again places his protagonist in a setting outside his normal jurisdiction, albeit a bit closer to home than the streets of Philadelphia. The story takes place on the Montana Indian Reservation, a few hours north of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
When Walt discovers the location designated for his daughter's upcoming wedding has suddenly become unavailable, he and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, are faced with the prospect of finding another suitable area for the event. Following the advice of the Cheyenne Chief Lonnie Little Bird, the two men travel to a place known as Painted Warrior cliffs where Walt witnesses a woman falling to her death.
The investigation is headed by the newly appointed tribal police chief, Lolo Long, a woman reminiscent of most in Walt's life, headstrong, outspoken, and beautiful. Lacking experience, Lolo convinces Walt to assist with the investigation, where he takes on the role of mentor.
Caught up in the investigation, playing go-between with an old friend from the FBI, and his daughter's imminent arrival, Walt has more than enough to keep himself occupied. Henry remains a steadfast anchor, providing timely advice and assistance that Walt relies on.
The best thing I've discovered about Craig's books, that keeps me re-reading them, isn't the beautiful sense of location he paints with words, the laid back, sometimes subtle, humor laced throughout, but the people and their relationships. Craig captures the essence of people, their motivations, fears, and wonder at life and situations they face, and is able to project that onto the page.
Highly recommended series, and is slated for broadcast as a 10-episode, television series on A&E later this year, entitled Longmire. ...more
What do a dead bank robber, murderous bounty hunter, animal shelter, Los Muertos (motorcycle gang), and a morning talk show host have in common?
FeralWhat do a dead bank robber, murderous bounty hunter, animal shelter, Los Muertos (motorcycle gang), and a morning talk show host have in common?
Feral hogs. A large population of the swine reside in Sheriff Dan Rhodes jurisdiction of Blacklin County, Texas.
Rhodes finds himself with a murder on his hands, after landing in the middle of a wild hog stampede following a high speed car chase. When a bounty hunter arrives indentifying the deceased as a wanted bank robber, Rhodes teams up with the recovery agent in the search for answers. The two men join a local group of hog hunters and Rhodes is left with fewer clues when another murder occurs.
To keep things complicated, there's a new, opinionated, morning show DJ berating and criticizing the Sheriff's Department, who teams up with a city commissioner in expounding on methods to curb the population of wild animals. Rhodes also comes under fire from a mother and son owned animal shelter.
Following his own advice, ask a lot of questions, the pieces begin to fall into place, but not before he gains a few more bumps and bruises.
I've enjoyed reading this series over the past few months, although I believe there's far too much murder in such a small community, Bill's infused warmth and a dry sense of humor with rich characters and a tenacious Sheriff who always gets his man. Rhodes is a lot more believable than his fictional counterpart. ...more
I'd actually give it 3.5 stars, as it's an interesting read. I did become a bit bored with the premise, but that's just me. The idea of incorruptibiliI'd actually give it 3.5 stars, as it's an interesting read. I did become a bit bored with the premise, but that's just me. The idea of incorruptibility and a Big Brother society places it more in the realm of science fiction, either that or I'm locked in a white room. ...more
Charlie Fox is one tough-as-nails protagonist. Following her adventures through three books, she's done a lot of growing and learning to cope with whaCharlie Fox is one tough-as-nails protagonist. Following her adventures through three books, she's done a lot of growing and learning to cope with what life throws at her. Not all the decisions come from careful planning, but more the circumstances of an inspired survival instinct. Bravo!
It was also an eye-opener to see just how far the character's changed in her own measure, when she finds herself pitted against a former instructor. "It dawned on me that if I was prepared to really let rip, if I stayed on the ball, and I was lucky, I could probably take him." ...more
I would go 3.5. Not one of the better ones in the series. Seemed too much of a stilted plot to introduce and then excuse Joe's past, no resolutions. WI would go 3.5. Not one of the better ones in the series. Seemed too much of a stilted plot to introduce and then excuse Joe's past, no resolutions. Well written, with a great sense of location, and lots of research to back up the story. Unfortunately a science lesson isn't always the most entertaining premise. Still look forward to see how the next book reads. ...more
This is the twelfth book in the Joe Pickett series and CJ Box once again provides a riveting story with a pace that will have youAdvanced Reader Copy
This is the twelfth book in the Joe Pickett series and CJ Box once again provides a riveting story with a pace that will have you believing in Wyoming a New York minute is considered slow. Don't expect to put this one down until you turn the last page.
Focusing on Nate Romanowski, falconer, ex-special forces, sworn friend of the Pickett's, and an escaped convict, the authorities quickly conclude Nate's responsible for three dead bodies found in the bottom of a boat floating downstream. Only Joe seems somewhat convinced of his friends innocence, and sets out to prove it.
While Joe is chasing errant leads, with the assistance of a new trainee, we begin to follow Nate's investigation into the killing of member's of his former military unit, and his own assassination attempt. From Wyoming to Colorado, the hunted becomes the hunter, leaving a lot of dead bodies in his wake. Uncovering not only a plot to systematically eliminate those who served together, but providing back story to a very enigmatic character, we finally catch a wide glimpse into the events and history that forged Nate's outlook. His cold demeanor matches that of the harsh, snowy landscape, and provides the determination and fortitude to carry him through using any means necessary for survival.
Joe's loyalty is called into play when he struggles with his conscience trying to determine if putting friendship above the law is the right thing. And who can he trust when his family is threatened? Always pushing the line while trying to maintain his balance on the precipice Joe forges ahead trusting instinct and sometimes bull-headedness to accomplish his goals.
Amidst all the bloodshed and violence depicted in this book, there is an underlying theme of loyalty, perseverance, and looking out for those we care about.
Not only a highly recommended series, but one of the top books of the year. ...more