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Product Details

  • Series: Jane Bunker Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401322352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401322359
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sandra Burr offers a cool, understated reading of Greenlaw's second nautical mystery (following 2007's Slipknot), which finds 42-year-old marine insurance investigator and deputy sheriff Jane Bunker investigating some vandalism aboard a research vessel that leads to a missing person case, a fatal drug overdose and an attempted murder. Burr's dialects are sure: whether she's playing a Maine fisherman or a Native American oysterman, she sounds like the real thing. Burr also creates a sympathetic portrait of the very vulnerable Bunker, holding listeners' attention during Greenlaw's slow buildup. A Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, May 5).
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From Booklist

Formerly a Florida police detective, Jane Bunker is now an insurance investigator who has picked up a second job as the assistant deputy of Knox County, Maine. On the way back from Cobble Harbor, where she was investigating a claim for a vandalized boat, Jane comes across a circling lobster boat that is missing its crew. The captain, Parker Alley, is presumed dead, but Jane investigates the case along with the death by heroin overdose of Parker’s son. Parker had numerous enemies, and complicating matters, the lobstermen in the area are upset about a possible aquaculture venture that would grow oysters in the bay. Jane ties up all the loose ends while she works to become a part of her new community. Small-town life, the difficult job of harvesting lobsters, and the beauty of the Maine coast are well delineated as Greenlaw immerses the reader in boating practice and lore. The tenacious Jane is a fully fleshed protagonist, and the secondary characters are also well developed in this satisfying mystery, the second in a series. --Sue O'Brien

More About the Author

Linda Greenlaw, America's only female swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm. She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman as well as a cookbook and two mysteries.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a mystery meant for someone in just the right mood, or a particular kind of reader. That is to say, it has a slow, meandering pace that reminds one of the very sort of rambling conversation one might have when talking to a relaxed person from a small town in rural Maine. It includes a great deal of detail about how each fishing- and boat-related task is done, and walks its way stoically through each part of every day, whether detailing a near-fatal accident at sea or a thought-filled drive down a country road. Most of the story consists simply of Jane's internal monologue as she observes her new home and surroundings and tries to unravel the events going on around her.

The peek into life among Maine's fishing communities is fascinating. The details regarding lobster fishermen, their families, and the ways in which 'outside' concerns such as drugs begin to encroach upon the countryside are very real. Unfortunately, the law enforcement end of the story doesn't hold up as well. Jane is supposed to be a big-city cop, but she comes off as naive and amateur. She keeps believing the best of everyone even when you want to shake her and point out what seem like obvious inconsistencies, suspicious coincidences, ridiculous scenarios, and so on. Then, both the author and Jane cheat: when she does figure stuff out she 'hides' it from the reader, despite the fact that we're supposedly experiencing an interior monologue of her thoughts as she has them. I found myself being frustrated with her for not noticing or figuring something out, only to find out later that she had, but simply hadn't let the reader in on it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
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I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy reading this book. It is written in the first person style and that is something I usually try to avoid. This is the second Jane Bunker mystery, the first being SLIPKNOT. I kept waiting for the knot called the fisherman's bend to play some part in the story but it never did, that was a disappointment. Also, this author does not seem to be very interested in descriptive passages. Not of her main character, the other characters in the story or the landscape. I had hoped to revisit the wonderful coastal towns and villages of Maine through reading this story but it just never happened. Aside from one mention of the houses and forest along one roadway I got no descriptions to remind me of those wonderful days I spent in Maine.

I found the character of Jane Bunker to be flat and uninteresting. I think her frugality was supposed to show us an aspect of her past and her personality but all it succeeded in doing was to annoy me. Why did I have to read about her wrestling with herself over whether or not to fill up her gas tank? After all, she was going to be reimbursed for it. Many references were made to her adventures in the previous book but they were not actually explained. I also didn't like the fact that she looked on almost every man she met as a potential "suitor". The main word used to describe the captain of the research vessel is "attractive" and she wonders if he finds her enchanting. Enchanting? After meeting her two times? Good grief! Then there would be a mention of past failed relationships but not anything concrete. I kept feeling as if I had missed reading something somewhere. Yes, there are "quirky" characters in the book. For me, there were too many quirky characters.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne Masterson VINE VOICE on August 12, 2008
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As an Amazon Vine reviewer, I have taken my task seriously,completing giving much thought to each product. Until now. This book is just too painful to complete, although I gave it the old college try and made it half-way through. Admittedly, I have never read any of the Jane Bunker books before, but there is nothing about this character in this book that would compel me to read another. In this book, she works as an insurance investigator and a part-time sheriff, investing the same crimes wearing both hats. Perhaps it is my legal background, but I could not suspend my disbelief that this would actually occur, as it is a huge conflict of interest.

Jane is supposed to be a hardened police officer, one who has seen her share of sexism, yet approaches two men she encounters through business as if they may be potential suitors on their second meeting (dreaming of having babies with one of them!). The secondary characters are stock: the plucky waitress, the kooky neighbors, etc. One character's name is a play on two Beatle's name, which was mildly amusing the first time it was used, but lost its charm fifty times later.

If I do finish and change my opinion, I will update my reiew.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Stanger on August 25, 2008
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This was an badly executed mystery that never seems to go anywhere. The only item that held my interest was the descriptions of the Maine countryside and fishing boats.

If Jane Bunker was developed further as a character it would have helped. However she wasn't and neither were any of the other characters; the book had a story line which was very poorly executed. The ending was like getting the last five minutes of a 70's TV Series-suddenly everything falls into place and the answer is revealed. However by this time the poor reader does not get much of a reward for finishing this book.....
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