Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Wildcat Play, by Helen Knode
Ann Whitehead takes a job working at a San Joaquin Valley oil drilling lease owned by an old family friend. Mostly her job is cleaning the same floors and pieces of equipment over and over again -- to keep the mud and oil and mess from shutting everything down -- but she is loving the work and enjoying her co-workers until one of them ends up dead, struck in the head by a falling hammer. As she starts investigating, she finds that nothing is quite what it seems. Every bit of this book is well done: the information about oil drilling is fascinating, the characters and their interactions perfectly drawn, the plotting completely believable, and the writing very fine. I need to look up Ticket Out.