I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Stateline by Dave Stanton as part of the blog blitz today. First of all let's take a look at the description for 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.
Stateline is such an interesting story with an equally intriguing main character in Dan Reno. He isn't perfect and definitely has his flaws but I guess this just makes the story all the more entertaining. Reno is trying to sort his life out and when he is offered the chance to earn some serious money looking for a murderer he decides to take it. However this just sets him on a very dangerous and twisty path. Reno is reckless at times but this definitely helps ramp up the tension.
There is a lot going on in this story such a corruption, murder and drugs but it all unfolds in a way that provides some pretty tense moments too. The story takes place in a few different locations but I felt this helped keep the momentum of the story up. I'm looking forward to seeing what is in store for Dan Reno in the next book.
Gritty and dark from start to finish!
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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.