Jan 212013
Review: Crow’s LandingCrow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mysteries #2) by Brad Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster on Aug 7, 2012
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks onto a mysterious steel cylinder. As word of Virgil’s strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil’s boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour floats to the surface, and to get to the bottom of it—and to get his boat back—Virgil teams up with a captivating single mom, Dusty, who knows far too much about the cylinder and the pure cocaine it contains. When her past comes calling, the landscape is cluttered with the dealer who claims ownership of the cylinder, his murderous sidekick, and a wild card in the form of a crazy Russian cowboy. Virgil and Dusty find themselves trapped square in the middle of it all. And looking for a way out.

Similar to the first book in the series, this was a slow and relaxed mystery story. It was a stand alone story, although there were a few references to the first book, but nothing that would prevent a reader from enjoying this story without having read the first. In fact, there are few reoccurring characters, other than Virgil himself.

Virgil’s obsession with his boat is what drove the story. It was humourous and obsessive, and definitely the source of all his troubles. His inability to let go of the theft lead to everything else that happened, and was ultimately a good thing. But was slightly crazy since the boat was just a boat. It was a specific example of Virgil’s overall character though, in that he was a definite good guy with a set of morals that wouldn’t let he overlook when bad things happened.

One thing I didn’t enjoy too much was the over abundance of car details. Everything related to cars was explained in way too much detail. It was something I could have done without, although since the book seems to be aimed at mostly older males, this detail probably wouldn’t bother that audience much.

Overall, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I was a bit disappointed it didn’t tie into the first book more, but it still delivered an entertaining story featuring a great guy. This is the type of book I would give to male family members.

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