A new crime series introduces readers to U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter. On assignment in southeast Alaska, the shocking murder of a Tlingit Indian girl sets off a series of disappearances on Prince of Wales Island, including the crew of a reality-TV show set there, and it's Cutter's job to investigate.
Open Carry changes POV between Cutter, victims, perpetrators, and others. Fortunately, these changes occur at chapter breaks instead of mid-chapter, so they never get confusing. They are only frustrating if you really like the lead character and want to stay in his or her head. That aside, the author handles POV shifts as well as he does all other aspects of writing. The diverse viewpoints add dimension as well as suspense, resulting in a solid crime novel involving wilderness adventure ... Marc Cameron’s new book is terrific[.]
Cutter...is a unique and compelling character whom Cameron develops nicely as the story unfolds. Though he’s different than Jericho Quinn [of the other book franchise Cameron authors] in a number of ways, the two are similar enough that fans of that series will surely enjoy following Arliss too, though the overall feel in this book is a tad darker, falling more in line with a traditional crime thriller as opposed to the political/action thrillers Quinn stars in. Set in the vast Alaskan landscape where a small village attempts to keep its dark secrets hidden, Marc Cameron’s Open Carry reads like a cross between Lee Child’s The Killing Floor and C.J. Box’s Blood Trail . . . and is perfect for fans of both those series.
This terrific series launch ... keeps all...plot points delicately balanced and at the same time creates sympathetic heroes, depraved villains, and nail-biting action. Readers will eagerly await [Cameron's] next.