Today, I’m pleased to be helping out with the blog blitz for Stateline by Dave Stanton. Thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part. Lets find out more about the book.
Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.
When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.
Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.
Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?
Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.
Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.
My 4* review
Stateline is the first book in the Dan Reno series. Reno is a flawed PI (likes to drink too much) who decides he can help his poor financial situation by helping investigate the murder of a wealthy tycoon’s son. It took me a while to get into the story as it introduces all the main players and their relationships with each other. Once the introductions are done the pace of the story increases rapidly.
Stanton’s writing style is clear and some of his descriptions of the locations help you picture them in your mind. The dialogue was also well done, especially between Reno and Gibbons where Reno’s sarcasm injected some humour. Reno comes across as someone who is determined to finish the job he started, although there are a number of obstacles put in his way. His liking of violence was a bit too much for me at times, but given the situations he found himself in, it wasn’t out of place.
If you’re a fan of action packed, fast paced crime investigations, then Stateline will keep you turning the pages.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.