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 the first book in the series featuring Dan Reno, a private investigator come bounty hunter. There was no way I could not read this book with the eye catching cover and the very intriguing blurb.
I have to admit to start with it took me a little while to get into the book than I normally would expect. Once I was fully into it though I was well and truly hooked.
Being offered a lot of money, there was no way Dan Reno can refuse, even though he is chasing after a killer and could put himself into serious danger. Dan finds himself in some very seedy places trying to uncover the killers identity. They certainly are not the sort of places that most people would frequent.
I really enjoyed the friendship between Dan and Cody in the story. Am not quite sure if Cody is going to be Dan’s side kick in the series but I hope so as I really enjoyed the banter between the both and can see them becoming a much loved duo.
The author takes us on a dark and sometimes violent journey into a criminal world. I enjoyed seeing Dan’s investigative skills and he could certainly do a better job than the state police.
Stateline is a solid start into a new crime series. Once the story grabs hold, I was totally absorbed in the investigation which certainly makes for some toe curling reading in parts. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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.