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A Truth Stranger Than Fiction (The Dakota Stevens Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 2015
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"A Truth Stranger Than Fiction is a clean, fast-paced mystery thriller, packed with unexpected shifts, and with several overlapping yet opposing parties all asking the same question: where is E. Conover Wright? Between the fast pace and the clean, fluid language this story is hard to pause, and it's thought-provoking in its real-world relevance. This story is highly entertaining and fun in its action and humor, but beholden to a deeper focus. (4.5 stars)" - The Portsmouth Review
"Fans of Mickey Spillane's more over-the-top Mike Hammer adventures will welcome Orcutt's third Dakota Stevens outing (after 2014's The Rich Are Different). Readers should expect plenty of bloodshed and action en route to an unexpected resolution of the mystery." - Publishers Weekly, Booklife
From the Author
Is any of A Truth Stranger Than Fiction based in reality?
Absolutely. Without giving any spoilers, I can tell you that the heart of the mystery in A Truth Stranger Than Fiction involves a highly controversial current issue—an issue that is inextricably intertwined with the Earth's future. The novel also deals with corporate profiteering, corporate-government collusion, and espionage.
One Amazon reviewer calls A Truth Stranger Than Fiction "non-Neanderthal noir." What does this mean?
I think that customer reviewer picked up on one of the things I've tried to do with the entire Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, which is this: to use elements of the old noir detective voice, including rich metaphors and fun turns of phrase, but to leave out the misogynistic and gratuitously violent elements.
Yes, Dakota is attractive to women, and yes, he finds them attractive, but he doesn't view women as objects. He truly loves, admires and respects women (i.e., his associate, Svetlana, is accomplished in her own right as a chess grandmaster). All of the female characters in the books, while they might be sexy in some way, are also smart, witty and great at whatever they do.
But in the series, Dakota is not just presented as "attractive to women"; he's very attractive to women--on par with James Bond. How realistic is this?
I'll admit that men as attractive to women as Dakota are rare, but they are out there. I went to college with two guys like him: Matt and Steve. I won't mention their last names because I don't want to intrude on their privacy, but I can tell you that their appeal to women was legendary.
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The book never stops with the constant going from place to place and many US states. When things get very bad, I as a reader (with my heart rate racing) was hoping that Dakota would make everything OK.
I started this book and continued reading it until the end. Yes it is a fast moving rollercoaster ride through scary situations. Read this fantastic book.
I hate reviews that feel they have to explain the plot to you, and get into spoiler country, to "review" how the book is. Forget that; the book is great. Excellent. It starts out strong, and never lets up. Trust me - if you're lucky to have read the first two in the series, you've got an amazing third volume awaiting you.
The only regret you'll have is when you finish it and you realize you finished the series (so far) and you're gonna have to wait it out until the next one comes out. Suck it up.
I envy the hours of enjoyment you have yet to have, if you haven't read this yet.