What all have you folks been reading? I recently finished
Brian Garfield's RELENTLESS (1972), which I picked up a
couple of months ago and Mr. Doherty recommended. He
| The best of the post-Hillerman Indian cop characters is Sam
| the hero of RELENTLESS, who is a full-blood Navajo working as a trooper
| in the Arizona Highway Patrol. RELENTLESS is a particularly good example
| of a type of cop story that is fairly prevalent in procedurals with
| rural Southwestern settings, the "wilderness pursuit" story. ... In
| RELENTLESS, Watchman, his partner, and an FBI agent are
| on the trail of a gang of military-trained bank robbers who have killed
| two cops (including Sam's uncle) and taken a hostage. They have fled
| into the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains along the Arizona/Nevada
| border. Excellent use of setting. Excellent story-telling. Compelling
| characters. 
And that's exactly what it is. I might say "masterful
craftsmanship" instead of "excellent story-telling," but
they're about the same. There isn't much question how a book
like this will develop, but you know you're in very
experienced hands and all the requirements of good melodrama
will be met perfectly.
I have a bunch more things stacked up, and more on the way,
and it's hard to know what to read next. Luckily, I can solve
that problem by reading more.
-- William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.
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