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Their Wildest Dreams by Peter Abrahams
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Aug 18, 12

bookshelves: crime-fiction
Read in August, 2012

This is a very good book from an author who does not get nearly as much attention as he deserves. The cast of characters includes Helen "Mackie" MacIsaac, a failed housing developer-turned-stripper; her jerk of a philandering husband; their daughter, Lianne who falls in love with an outlaw cowboy; Buck Samsonov, a Russian immigrant who owns a couple of strip clubs but aspires to become a real "American" businessman, and Nick Loeb, a crime fiction writer whose career is sputtering out halfway through his third book.

Abrahams drops these characters into the desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico and we watch as they pursue their dreams, some of which are very modest and others of which are extremely ambitious. All of the characters are well-drawn and engaging. The reader will inevitably root strongly for some of them and just as strongly against others.

There's a major crime at the center of the story that will bring all of the cast together but both before and after that some will commit other, smaller crimes against each other. It's great fun to watch this story unfold and there are lots of laughs on the way to an explosive climax. Fans of crime fiction who haven't yet made the acquaintance of Peter Abrahams will be richly rewarded by looking for this book.
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Kent The coming together of the three primary plot lines was expertly developed and made for an exciting and fast read.

James Thane I thought so too--a fun book.

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