Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review: Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon

Winter Kill
From the blurb:

Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he's heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam "On the Beach." Now he's got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a legendary serial killer known as The Crow in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Haskell may seem laid-back, but he's a tough and efficient cop -- and he's none too thrilled to see feebs on his turf -- even when one of the agents is smart, handsome, and probably gay. But a butchered body in a Native American museum is out of his small town department's league. For that matter, icy, uptight Adam Darling is out of Rob's league, but that doesn't mean Rob won't take his best shot.

Rosa's rating:

Welp, I was all set to complain about this book, yet still give it 4 stars for enjoyability, when a friend pointed out that it was inspired by all the Nordic mysteries Lanyon's been reading lately. And I thought, "oooooooh, okay."

Now many of the things that seemed odd in Winter Kill make sense. Nordic mysteries, like the books of Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo and Maj Sjowall, are filled with miserable people (usually men who survive on nothing but coffee, alcohol and their own manpain to see them through) solving miserable crimes with generally rather miserable, open-ended results. It's fantastic and I love it. (Okay, it's not all miserable--there's plenty of humor there too. And some romance--but that never goes well.)

I'm not sure if Lanyon was totally successful in trying to blend that type of book with his usual mystery/romance, but I really enjoyed reading the results. I finished the book a couple of days ago and I'm still thinking over the mystery--in that nice way that happens when you read a good book.

What can I say--it's Lanyon, it's a good time and it entertained me for hours.

I'm still a little flummoxed over that epilogue though. What?! That was sudden.

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