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Friday, October 28, 2005
by P.J. Tracy #37

I liked this book. PJ Tracy (a mother/daughter writing team) crafted a group of characters that I really want to meet up with again, which is always a good sign in my world. Part of it may be that I was reading it concurrent to watching The Wire Season 2 (OMG - so good, I can't even tell you), so I already was in cop-land. This is a good thing since all but about 6 characters in this book were cops. Not Baltimore cops (that would probably not work and be weird when watching The Wire), but Minneapolis cops and rural Wisconsin cops. In fact, I had a hard time telling some of these cops apart for the first few chapters (but that problem resolved pretty quickly). The mystery itself was pretty strong and kept me guessing. I got all worked up at one point so certain they were going to do this one thing I can't stand (I won't say what so I don't spoil anything)- but they avoided it and came up with something different, but plausible. The authors are also very skilled in setting up the environment. I live in Portland. It hardly ever gets very cold here. The world stops when it gets below 20 degrees. They are dealing with SERIOUS cold in this book, and I love reading about how they live with it (and even how it can affect crime fighting). Anyway - I have already put their next book on hold at the library.
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