Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Stateline

When a tycoon's son is murdered the night before his wedding, the enraged and grief-stricken father offers investigator Dan Reno (that's Reno, as in no problemo), a life-changing bounty to find the killer. Reno, nearly broke, figures he's finally landed in the right place at the right time. It's a nice thought, but when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself not only earning every penny of his paycheck, but also fighting for his life.
Who committed the murder, and why? And what of the dark sexual deviations that keep surfacing? Haunted by his murdered father and a violent, hard drinking past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man's got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA. Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the fat bounty won't do him much good if he's dead...
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Dave Stanton's Stateline (LaSalle Davis Books, 2013) is a really fun read.  It's gritty, it's fast paced, and it has a sky high body count.  But, it's not all blood and bullets.  Stanton creates really vivid, believable characters; even the "extras" have enough flesh to be memorable.  And, Dan Reno (a recurring character) is awesome.  If you like action and lots of it, I highly recommend Stateline.

I received a complimentary copy of Stateline to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.