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Six-Pound Walleye: A Jake Hines Mystery (Jake Hines Mysteries) Hardcover – June 1, 2001
From Publishers Weekly
To describe Gunn's (Five Card Stud, etc.) fourth Hines novel as outstanding may be an understatement. Its prose is crisp as a cracker. On a typical cold, gray February day in Rutherford, Minn., everybody seems to be in a bad mood. Chief of Detectives Jake Hines's lover has inexplicably blown up at him and walked out. Hines's boss, Chief McCafferty, is forced to plan a retirement party for an officer no one likes. The department is in the throes of a computerization beset by bugs. And suddenly normally peaceful Rutherford High explodes into a donnybrook among members of the hockey team in the school parking lot that sends one boy to the hospital. The assailant is McCafferty's son. But the worst is yet to come: a small boy, standing in his front yard, waiting for the school bus, surrounded by children and adults, is shot dead without anyone hearing the shot. Hines, still new to his post as chief of detectives, takes charge of the investigations with admirable and plausible efficiency. The crime is a heinous one and, as with all the other threads in Gunn's complex procedural, it is dramatized realistically, with intelligence and insight. There's humor and humanity here, but nothing cute or cozy. All the minor characters are well realized and credibly motivated. Especially impressive is the "minor" matter of Jake's domestic flare-up, which is bound to make many readers squirm with recognition. Gunn's latest is a hard-to-put-down thriller an excellent piece of craftsmanship. Agent, Jane Chelius.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Small-town Minnesota police detective Jake Hines (Five Card Stud) investigates the shooting death of a small boy and a parking-lot free-for-all at the high school. Complications in the first incident involve lack of a gun and gunshots, while problems in the second arise from participation of the chief's son. For all collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This season two nasty incidents occur simultaneously. A riot explodes at the high school and most folks blame the son of the police chief for inciting it.
Across town, a young boy surrounded by other students and parents waits for the school bus to arrive. He suddenly keels over with no visible reason. Police Detective Jake Hines investigates and realizes someone shot the lad. No one heard a sound or saw the boy bleed. He quickly links the riot to the child's death, placing himself in danger.
This series has a down home country feel even if the tales are set in Minnesota. This superb police procedural stars a protagonist with appeal to all readers. The story line comes from recent headlines while leaving the older audience to wonder what is wrong with today's youth (they conveniently forget that their parents asked the same question about them). The social message is cleverly constructed within the plot so that fans will not feel as if Elizabeth Gunn is preaching to them.
The book is well written, but brings nothing new or exiting. In a way, it just plods along until everything is solved - including the girl friend.