“The Investigator”

Things are much different from what they appear to be.

“The Investigator” opens with a perfectly described scenario that conjures up mystery, intrigue, and danger. A blue-eyed young woman waits.  Adrenalin kicks in, and readers turn the pages.

Problems unfold that are numerous, multifaceted, and laden with political ramifications. These problems are created by complex, scheming, and deceptive people, and it will take people just as complex to solve them.  Characters are introduced with complete backgrounds including idiosyncrasies and talents. Readers know who they and what they are. They have diverse jobs, personalities, and social inclinations. They do not just “hope” for things to work themselves out. They see things as they are, and project out both the actions and their consequences.

The story is told from alternating points of view so readers know what participants do not. People are professional and deal with multiple complex problems at any given time. There are murders to be solved, and murders to be prevented.  There is also that “little oil” thing, some money complications, as well as a potential political “slip-up.”  Paths will inevitably cross, and the one who discovers the other one first will gain the advantage.

Sandford creates emotion and tension through vivid descriptions that drop readers into the action on the “hot flat plain, where in the distance, the circular horizon wraps around them like the edge of an old LP record,” and the “billiard-table highway dwindles to a pinpoint ahead of them.”  I received a review copy of “The Investigator” from John Sandford, Penguin Group, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Publishing. Conflict and tension permeate the narrative, and it is a thrill ride from the first page to the last. This is book one in a new series featuring Letty Davenport, and I will certainly be reading the next book!

“The Investigator” by John Sandford is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries, or anywhere books are found.

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