MixedLibrary JournalA thriller that dives into the world of big money shenanigans and all the justice that money can buy ... High-tech surveillance and cloak-and-dagger activity do not offset the anticlimactic ending or the mundane plot of the Brooklyn-based private investigator and author’s third outing.
Gunnar Staalesen, Trans. by Don Bartlett
PositiveLibrary JournalVeum is tenacious in his investigation, visiting protagonists repeatedly with more questions, à la Columbo ... Although this 20th \'Varg Veum\' mystery, only some of which are available in English, stands alone, reading the backstory from its predecessor would be helpful. Action takes place primarily in the denouement, but the series’ signature strengths of well-developed characters and a engaging story line are on full display.
Mark de Castrique
PositiveLibrary JournalThe seventh Sam Blackman mystery has the right amount of action, humor, and intrigue. Fans of the humor of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series with some North Carolina history thrown in will enjoy Sam’s relentless pursuit of the truth.
PanLibrary JournalPoliceman–turned–PI Jackson Brodie has been reduced to chasing cheating husbands and shuttling his teenage son and elderly dog around town ... This long-anticipated reappearance of fan-favorite Brodie (following 2011’s Started Early, Took My Dog) is ultimately disappointing ... The minimal action occurs toward the end, and the denouement feels contrived. Brodie has seen better days.