Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Dead Last (Thorn) by James W. Hall
Cancer robs Key West adventurer Thorn of the woman he loves. There's not much time to grieve, however as he is drawn into the investigation of several murders that seem to be influenced by the cop TV show Miami Ops. The killer of that show, who uses obituaries to decide who and how to kill, seems to walk around in real life.
We meet some wonderful characters like sheriff Buddha Hilton, Mae West-like Garvey, DeeDee Dollimore and others. All unique and funny.
Soon Thorn finds out he won't have just a killer to deal with, but also some mistakes of his past.
This story seems to be a bit more of a traditional whodunnit than we're used to from James Hall, but it works out great. He manages to breathe some essential new life in this series, developing Thorn's background and burning some old baggage (literally) to make sure there's enough adventure to be found in the future.
I was looking forward to this one, but it turned out to be even better than I thought!