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- Book 3 of 9 in Las Vegas Mystery (9 Book Series)
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But even the best mystery needs more than a decent plot; it needs decent writing, and here Mr. Kusler hits a home run. His writing is spare and focused. Nothing is extraneous, nothing is superfluous, nothing is missing. Each step in the story leads inexorably to the next. It was instructive reading "Desert Drop," because I had just finished reading another crime novel, "Cloudland" by Joseph Olshan which contains scads of extraneous material (you can read my review at Cloudland). Plunging into "Desert Drop," therefore, was not unlike plunging into cool water after an hour in the sauna; Kusler's book is so clean and well-crafted that it renews the system wonderfully.
"Desert Drop" begins as a story about a kidnapping. The relatives of the kidnap victim do everything required by the kidnappers, but then things start to go wrong. Following the clues related to the kidnapping leads our detectives to another crime, which leads to another, which leads to yet another.Read more ›
After the ransom was delivered and following detailed instructions for Corina's release were discussed, Alice and Jim drove to Lake Mead to pick her up. Unfortunately, the situation did not turn out the way they anticipated. When the FBI became involved, Alice and Jim began their own investigation to find out what happened to her sister.
Desert Drop is the third novel in the Las Vegas mystery series written by Rex Kusler. The author has created an unlikely and entertaining duo that fit well together although their ups and downs keep things interesting. Kusler has fit them together like two key pieces of a puzzle, interwoven yet with their own distinct personalities.
He keeps the plot interesting and the pace moving quickly forward without spending a lot of time on long discourses. The twists will have readers thinking they know what happens next, only to find a surprise from the author. This book is more than just a mystery; it is an entertaining thriller that will have readers longing for more cases from James & James Detective Agency.
Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mystery)
Alice James, a former police detective and current private investigator, fears she has lost her sister, Corina, again when she receives a ransom call.
A strange distorted voice claimed to have her sister and threatened Corina's life. The telephone call came on her sister's cell phone, which gave credibility to the threat. . She quickly enlists the aid of her partner, Jim , another former police detective.
Alice was abandoned by her father when she was an infant and had no contact with him for forty years. Her father, Leon Stapper, a billionaire industrialist, contacts her and arranges a meeting with her sister. Neither Alice not her sister, Corina Stapper, were aware of the existence of a sister. While traveling to the first meeting, Corina is kidnaped and held for ransom.
Desert Drop is the story of Alice James's search for the kidnapper of her sister. Alice must confront several perplexing questions: is her sister alive, who would wish to kidnap Corina, who would have reason to put either sister in this horrible situation?
The agreed upon ransom is only 150 thousand dollars, a small sum for a billionaire. Why so low an amount? Is the kidnaping really a ploy to hurt Leon Stapper? With such a low ransom demand, what are the real intentions of these criminals?
Desert Drop is a fast paced, suspense filled novel. The action is constant, filled with several plot twists, and the intrigue is intense. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good mystery.
That written, "Desert Drop" is not my favorite of the series. The dialogue is a bit stilted at times; the plot line meanders around in the middle if the book and at times is predictable but finally comes together at the end.
Now, don't get me wrong - it is still worth reading. Character development is great, as always, and there are some compelling characters (good and bad guys) scattered throughout the book. There are some funny moments too (I loved the strip search sequence).
I rate this with 3 1/2 stars and I am rounding UP to 4 stars because I did like the book, just not as much as the first two in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book in this series that I have read, and I have been downloading the next one immediately and opening it to read, which caused me to skip reviewing the one just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stretch65
Another good page turner. I think I'm going to stop reading and go to sleep and then I just have to read a couple more chapters to see what happens. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Periman
I enjoyed some of this book. There was a lot of suspense and I liked Alice and Snow as partners and as a couple. However, the plot seemed a bit more complicated than necessary. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customerz
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