Library Ed. Recorded Books/ Lone Star Audio 2007
CS ISBN 978-1-4281-6473-4 $67.75 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4281-6475-8 $77.75 Seven CDs
In this installment of Cooper's Milt Kovak series, the Oklahoma sheriff visits Las Vegas, where he finds himself entangled in a murder investigation. Milt’s cousin by marriage, Burl, has been arrested for beating up his son-in-law. After Milt bails him out of jail, Burl disappears, and the son-in-law is found murdered. Narrator Tom Stechschutle offers a powerful performance that enlivens Cooper's novel, especially in his portrayal of Burl’s five bickering sons, whose efforts to help actually impede Milt’s investigation. Stechschulte speaks with a regional accent that is as gritty and hard-nosed as the state of Oklahoma. With slight shifts in tone, he creates spot-on characters—at once friendly, realistic, and altogether frightening. While the story itself leaves something to be desired, Stechschutle's narration makes listening to it downright fun. L.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2008]
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