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Swing and a miss
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2017
A promising premise ultimately falls flat. When the romantic side-plots involving Cork and his family are more interesting than the central murder mystery, it's a problem. Readers find out about 1/2 way through the story who done it and why, and it's really not all that compelling. The antagonist's motivations simply aren't that believable, and he is a one-dimensional character. These mysteries work best when the bad guys/gals are compelling and complex in their own right. I think WKK is running out of ideas, sadly. He's still a very good writer, but his creative energy (again, except perhaps for the side stories involving his grown children) seems to be waning. Also, how many times can Cork and his family members be seriously wounded in a lifetime?? I will still read the next in the series, but I'm worried that Krueger's best work is far behind him at this point.