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Tahoe Chase (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) (Volume 11) Paperback – August 1, 2013
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Todd Borg is the author of ten previous Owen McKenna Tahoe Mysteries. Borg's books have won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, made Library Journal's Top 5 Mysteries of the Year list, received rave reviews, and made Amazon's Mystery/Thriller Bestseller List multiple times.
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Street is a girlfriend to the divorced(?) Owen who seems to be readily available to partner his assignments with no more payment than irregular attention; quiet, independent and efficient, never really seems to give us a true insight into the woman except for a few well-placed retorts; the usual banter between men and women in a comfortable relationship. Seems his closest and constant companion is Spot, his Harlequin Great Dane, aptly named, described in detail and replete with fully described character.
Enjoyed were the winter descriptions of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains; conjuring the smell of the pines and the bite of the sub-freezing temperatures. This is an area dotted with ski resorts and accompanying winter population along with the year-round casino population. The author, however, knows this area extremely well and lays out interesting annual activities heretofore unknown and geographical locations and peaks likewise.
I won't belabor the plot either, but rate a 4 star as I'd have appreciated more insight into peripheral characters including Diamond. Who knows what triggers a lethal crisis in another person? Several possible motives were given as a source of major conflict made for plot development and possible perpetrators, but the culprit not a real surprise in the end and guessed early on. Still an interesting and fun read especially for this time of year. I'd recommend.
On a positive note, the author showed great resolve and tenderness in his descriptions of abuse used throughout the book. And his knowledge of the Tahoe area is real pronounced throughout the book. Unfortunately that's all I found to be a positive for the book.
I think anyone that has a background in skiing may like this book. But I definitely would call it a thriller and I won't be recommending it to anyone.