As in this author’s debut novel, “Little Blue Whales,” which was warmly received, this one also takes place in Cutter City, OR, and features Kevin Kearnes and Thud Compton. It is now a few years after the harrowing experience described in the earlier book in which they were almost killed, and their roles have changed: Kearnes, the former Chief of Police, is now with the Dept. of Homeland Security in Portland, and Compton has replaced him as Police Chief.
The book opens with Kevin traveling to Cutter City with his fiancée Britt McGraw and his sons by a former marriage, to be married as well as to visit with the Comptons. Little did any of them know that a sword on display at the local library, a relic of World War II when a Japanese pilot dropped two bombs in the vicinity and then crashed, would result in the turmoil that it did when it is stolen.
The excellent portrayal of the characters, coupled with the tension of the plot, maintain reader interest on the same high level of the predecessor book. The level of writing remains at the high level of “Little Blue Whales” which presumably will continue in the forthcoming “The Helical Vane.” Needless to say, Sparrow (the name for the sword, btw) is recommended.