The Grand + Giveaway
by Dennis D. Wilson
on Tour October 1-31, 2017
Chicago cop Dean Wister takes a forced vacation when he is on the brink of a breakdown after the death of his wife. During his summer solstice in Jackson Hole, where he met her years before, he is called in to consult by local police when a notorious Chicago mobster is found dead in the Snake River. Dean's investigation threatens to uncover the secrets of a group of memorable suspects, ranging from rich tycoons to modern day cowboys, and threatens to derail the Presidential prospects of the Senator from Wyoming. As Dean follows the leads from Wyoming to Chicago to Washington D.C., he also struggles to cope with the personal loss that threatens his mental stability, as the nocturnal visits from his deceased wife suppress his will to let her go and make him question his purpose in life. The climactic scenes contain reveals the reader will never see coming. A funny, romantic, sexy, roller coaster thriller.
Book Details:Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Water Street Press
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-1-62134-330-1 (ASIN: B01N682LXW)
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My ReviewI like the concept for this book. I could appreciate Mr. Wilson's writing style. It had the feel of a true police protocol aspect. What held me back from fully enjoying this book were the lack of intensity/action and character drama. Even, the main character Dean was not that interesting and his voice was a bit monotone.
There were moments where I was able to sit back and enjoy what I was reading and other times where it was a struggle due to the slow pacing of the story. Which it seemed that it took me a lot longer to get to the half way point of the story. There is hope as the story does pick up a bit in the second half. However, what I wanted to point out is that there was not a bunch of foul language. Some times for these types of books the author feels the need that there needs to be a lot of foul language thrown around. This does not make the story better. While, I may not have been a fan of this book, I would read another book from this author.
Read an excerpt:
After a career working in an international consulting firm and as a financial executive with two public companies, Dennis D. Wilson returns to the roots he established as a high school literature and writing teacher at the beginning of his career. For his debut novel, he draws upon his experiences from his hometown of Chicago, his years living, working, hiking and climbing in Jackson Hole, and secrets gleaned from time spent in corporate boardrooms to craft a political crime thriller straight from today's headlines. Dennis lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Paula and Black Lab Jenny, but spends as much time as he can looking for adventure in the mountains and riding his motorcycle.