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Rough Country by John Sandford
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Mar 15, 2010

it was ok

I liked this police procedural in a series I’ve never read before, but not enough to read another one. I read this one because it’s on Stephen King’s “Best Books of 2009” from Entertainment Weekly (trying to expand my range!) - and he says it’s a “rich exploration of what it is to be a plain old American guy.” I agree and think that’s going to be a great thing for a lot of readers, but that’s probably the reason it just wasn’t that interesting to me. The detective, a laid-back guy who is pretty rock n’ roll, was cool enough, and I was interested enough in the crimes, locale and characters to keep going, but I wasn’t fascinated. The thing I enjoyed the most, because it is so different from a lot of mysteries I read, is that the detective didn’t fool around with the facts of the case or being cagey with suspects. He told everybody pretty much everything he knew the minute he knew it; he was honest and didn’t play any games with suspects – and it all worked out for him in a realistic way. Very different style – and fun to see play out.

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message 1: by Cyd (new) - rated it 3 stars

Cyd I'm enjoying Stephen King's list myself. I started with Raven's and am reading Rough Country now. Did you have a favorite from the list? Happy reading, Cyd

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