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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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It was too long and drawn out. One gets the sense that the author was trying to create suspense, but in truth, for me, at least, it created boredom. The skills of the exploits of Spenser and Hawk were adequately portrayed in the Mill River incident, but the incidents of burning down the lodge in the Cascades, the destruction of the munitions plant in Connecticut, and the long dark trek down the mine shaft in Idaho were in my opinion redundant and too long and drawn out. Then to top it off, the ride on the top of the van while making their escape after destroying the munitions factory was not believable. In all these events, I kept thinking: “when is this going to be over?”
I’ve read most of the Spenser series, and all of the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randal books. There were just too many flaws in this book for me to believe it was actually written by Mr. Parker himself. It just doesn’t fit his usual style of writing.
To name a couple more flaws, Spenser mentioned in this book that he had known Hawk for thirty years, yet if my memory serves me correctly, Hawk didn’t enter onto the scene until a few books into the series. Spenser was already a well-established detective by then, probably well into his forties. If he had met Hawk thirty years prior to the circa of this novel he would have only been ten or twelve years old at the time of their meeting. It just doesn’t fit.
The entire circa of this book seems to be out of sync with later books in the series that make mention of Susan’s California adventure happening twenty five years prior to the present circa of that book.
In conclusion, If one has never read any of the other Spenser books in the series, then this might be a good stand-alone read; but, in my mind, the Susan Silverman in this book was totally out of character from the Susan Silverman of the other Spenser stories. Oh…and one other thing that makes this book suspect of not being written by Mr. Parker, himself, is the absence of Pearl, the wonder dog. She came on the scene early in the series and was in every other book thereafter. Not one mention of her in this novel.
Due to some mechanical/electrical malfunctions, a group of bombers heads towards Moscow with nuclear bombs believing they have valid orders to drop them. Any more story details will give away too much, so I'll limit the rest of this review to general points.
It has an alarmist feel with regard to technology rapidly outpacing man's ability to control it, and I think in some ways it is quite dated both in terms of the attitude towards technology as well as the specific technologies involved. Of course, it was written over 40 years ago, so to some extent that is to be expected. The author's point that no system is foolproof is certainly valid, but I think this point is brought up too often and in artificial ways. It gives a feel of 'taking a break' in the action of the story and delivering a brief sermon, then resuming. The suspense and the tension in the story are gripping, forcing me to devour this book in two sittings.
All-in-all, an exciting cold war thriller with a little alarmist philosophy thrown in, slightly dated but still a great read!
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Some suspense of disbelief is required.