Big Lake by Nick Russell
Published July 20, 2015
- Author Nick Russell
I really enjoyed this book, a crime thriller set in a very small town where everyone knows everything about everyone else. I hate that kind of thing, but for a murder mystery, it makes for a brilliantly claustrophobic environment. The book tracks the hunt for the perpetrator of a heist, in which two security guards driving a money truck wind up dead.
I had a stab at guessing whodunit and was wildly inaccurate, but quite enjoyed the twists and turns of guessing how it came about. I did wonder whether there would ever be a link to the crime itself, as everything along the way felt somewhat tangential to the original murders, but in the end it worked out great.
There was also time for some nice little subplots - the antagonism with the local mayor, and having to hire his simple son, plus the friendly rivalry between the cops and the FBI agent dispatched the investigate. A good tale, with a neat, if abrupt, ending.